NetEnt chief executive Johan Öhman has resigned from his post with immediate effect. The reason being, as stated on NetEnt.com, is “due to family reasons”.
Johan Öhman has been NetEnt’s CEO since way back in 2006 but will continue to service the Nordic software supplier for a further 3 month period. Part of his role in this time will be to help the company find a suitable CEO. In the interim, Björn Krantz will step in as acting CEO.
According to eGaming Review, there have been months of discussions in where Öhman has been co-ordinating his departure with the NetEnt board. The news of his resignation was revealed to internal staff last Friday.
Betsson chairman Pontus Lindwall, who is part of the NetEnt board, said that (talking about Öhman) “we have parted ways but the company is functioning well and we’re in a good position”. Vigo Carlund (NetEnt chairman), told eGaming Review that “he will be available to the board for the next three months”.
Öhman has been working for NetEnt for 8 years and CEO for the last 6. The company is worth an estimated £215 million so he leaves the company in a healthy state. Finally, NetEnt Chairman Carlund said the company is looking for a candidate with “IT and marketing knowledge and with good leadership skills” (I would hope so being a software driven company). He then went on to say that finding a suitable replacement within the gaming industry could prove difficult so would look to the telecoms or IT industries as a result.