Aristocrat Leisure Ltd has announced current Chairman Dr Ian Blackburne will formally step down at Aristocrat’s AGM on 21 February 2019.

Dr Blackburne has been a member of the Aristocrat Board since 2009, and chairman since 2010. Current Non-Executive Director, Neil Chatfield has been named as his successor.

Mr Chatfield joined the Aristocrat board in February 2018. In addition to his role at Aristocrat, Mr Chatfield is the non-executive chairman of Costa Group and non-executive director of Transurban Group.  He is also the outgoing non-executive chairman of Seek Ltd., and was previously chair of Virgin Australia and a non-executive director of Recall Holdings and Iron Mountain Inc.

On his appointment, Mr Chatfield said: “I look forward to working closely with my fellow directors and the management team to ensure we continue to unlock Aristocrat’s exciting growth opportunities across both land-based and digital markets globally.”