Former Imperial Tobacco chief executive Gareth Davies has resurfaced as the new chairman of bookmaker William Hill.

Davis handed over the reins at Imperial in May after 14 years in the top job. He was succeeded by former chief operating officer Alison Cooper.

"We are delighted that Gareth has agreed to join the board as chairman of William Hill,” said the company’s chief executive, Ralph Topping.

“He has strong, relevant experience in terms of managing a complex, regulated business expanding from a robust UK base into international markets. We look forward to being able to draw on that experience as we take William Hill forward.”

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