The Malta Gaming Authority has appointed Heathcliff Farrugia as its new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 24th April. He succeeds Joseph Cuschieri who earlier this month was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Malta Financial Services Authority.
Farrugia joined the Gaming Authority as Chief Operations Officer in 2014, and was instrumental in the transformation process which the Authority underwent.
He held this position for two years until his appointment as Chief Regulatory Officer in 2016. In this role he was responsible for all the regulatory activities of the Authority with specific focus on regulatory supervision, authorisations, compliance and player support.
Throughout his professional career, he has held various senior executive positions both within the private and the public sector and specialises in business management, operational efficiencies, strategic planning, and regulation.
He was also a member of the Supervisory Council and co-chaired the Fit & Proper Committee, entrusted with the assessment of the fit and properness of individuals and companies applying for a Maltese gaming licence.
Prior to this, Farrugia was a board member of the Gaming Regulators European Forum, where he is now a member and is also a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and the International Association of Gaming Advisors.