The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) board of governors has approved, with immediate effect, the appointment of Dr Carl Brincat as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Brincat replaces former incumbent Heathcliff Farrugia, who last November, after informing the government of Malta that he had decided to work in the private sector, refused to renew his tenure as MGA CEO.
Brincat has previously worked as the Chief Legal and Enforcement Officer of the MGA, heading the legal staff and strategic strategy on regulatory matters, as a specialist in criminal law.
Varied expertise and skills
Confirming the appointment of Brincat, the MGA’s board highlighted the varied expertise and skills of the executive who headed and advised a variety of key government committees in Malta.
“Carl sits on the Board of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, and is a member of the Chamber of Advocates (Malta), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), and the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR),” said the MGA.
The MGA’s assistance and coordination networks have been strengthened by the 2019 and 2020 Directives with counterpart EU regulatory agencies and police authorities working on sports integrity and AML risks.
Raising regulatory standards
Brincat commented on leading the MGA: “It is an honour to be selected to lead the organisation at such a critical juncture for the MGA and the industry alike. I am proud of the work that has been done by the Authority so far in raising regulatory standards and committed to ensuring that we continue along this path.”
He added: “However, it is essential that we cultivate stronger partnerships with other regulators and stakeholders, and the industry itself, to achieve a regulatory environment that accomplishes the MGA’s objectives as set out in the law in the most effective, transparent, and proportionate manner.”