The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced that Charles Mizzi will replace Carl Brincat as its CEO on January 26, 2024.
The incoming appointment joins the Maltese gambling regulator from another government agency, Residency Malta Agency, where he spent five years tasked with helping to promote the country as a reputable and desirable place to reside.
Mizzi is “keen to build on past successes” and promised to “strategically steer the Authority forward so that Malta’s already robust position in the field may be further strengthened, while delivering value to all stakeholders,” according to an MGA press release on December 15.
He will shadow Brincat in January to help with a smooth transition.
Minister for the Economy, EU Funds and Lands, Silvio Schembri thanked Brincat for his service over the past three years and welcomed the new appointment.
“With his vast experience in managing the operations of a number of entities and his contributions towards major projects, Charles Mizzi is undoubtedly the right candidate to continue building on what the MGA has achieved so far, and lead his excellent colleagues within the Authority towards further future success,” Schembri said.
On October 27, the MGA announced Brincat would leave after his contract expires, sparking a search for his replacement.
Speaking at SiGMA Europe in Malta on November 14, Brincat said he expects the MGA to maintain its course after his departure, dismissing the possible introduction of affordability checks or any drastic changes in policies it pursues.
Separately, the MGA’s AML manager, Rachel Bezzina, has been appointed co-chair of the newly set up anti-money laundering (AML) working group within the Gambling Regulators European Forum (GREF).
Bezzina will be joined by co-chair Christophe Vidal, who is representing the French National Gambling Authority (ANJ).
The new AML working group will attempt to encourage the exchange of information between members to better prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.