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Former Gibraltar governor Ed Davis and ex-German Olympian Franziska van Almsick have been appointed to the Entain Foundation, the company’s charitable trust.
Davis, who will take over as independent chair of the Foundation after serving as governor and commander-in-chief of Gibraltar from 2016 to 2020, had a distinguished military career, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Helping to shape journey
“I am delighted to have been asked to become the first chair of the Entain Foundation,” Davis said. “This great initiative clearly demonstrates Entain’s commitment to making a positive contribution to wider society by investing in the future of its customers, colleagues and communities. I am excited at the opportunity to help shape this journey.”
Van Almsick, a ten-time Olympic medalist and former world and European champion swimmer, will serve as a spokesperson for the Foundation in Germany, promoting its work and advising on investment prospects in sport.
“This is a great opportunity to play a role in supporting the work of the Entain Foundation,” she commented. “I have been impressed with the passion and commitment of Entain’s team in using their position to invest back in to grass roots sport and the wider community.”
Supporting a variety of good causes
Entain has pledged £100 million through the Foundation over the next five years to support a variety of good causes including responsible gambling, sports integrity, betting and gaming regulation research, education, and treatment; diversity in technology; grassroots, women’s, and disability sport; and projects with a clear link to the local community of Enfield.
Entain CEO Jette Nygaard-Andersen explained: “We are honoured to welcome Ed and Franziska to the Entain Foundation. The appointment of such high calibre individuals is a mark of our ambitions for the Foundation’s future.
“Collectively they bring incredible leadership and organisational skills as well as huge experience in the charitable sector and sporting world.”
In November 2019, Entain unveiled its global Foundation to support its ESG projects and charitable contributions around the globe. The Foundation’s arrangement is currently being formalised as a registered charitable trust by the group.