Colin Child, senior independent director of British operators The Rank Group PLC, has resigned from the company's board with immediate effect.
Child was appointed by Rank in January 2012, joining as a chartered accountant, with financial expertise and experience working in multinational businesses across a range of sectors, including casino gambling. He became independent director and chairman of the nominations committee just over a year later. A few months after that he also took on the role of chairman of the audit committee.
Ian Burke, The Rank Group's chairman and chief executive, said: "On behalf of the board of Rank I would like to thank Colin for his commitment and hard work during his time with Rank. The board is extremely sorry to see him go."
Burke is now searching for a successor and expects to make a further announcement once a new senior independent director has been identified.