Jim Lightbody has left its chief executive and president position after a two-year period of medical leave.
Canada.- Canadian provincial lottery operator the British Colombia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has announced that Jim Lightbody has stepped down from his position of CEO and president after a two-year period of medical leave.
Lightbody has been on medical leave since September 2019 after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Although he is stepping down as president and CEO, he remains on medical leave from BCLC.
BCLC board chair Greg Moore stated: “Known for his strong leadership that focuses on people and an entrepreneurship approach to business, Jim has made countless contributions to BCLC – and its employees – through the course of his career with the organisation.”
“On behalf of the board of directors and everyone at BCLC, we wish him the very best as he continues his road to recovery,” he added.
Lightbody first joined the BCLC in 2001 and served as vice president of lottery gaming and vice president of casino and community gaming, before going on to become president and CEO in 2014.
The BCLC will now initiate a global recruitment search for a permanent replacement, with Lynda Cavanaugh, who has served in both roles on an interim basis since January 2021, to remain in temporary charge until an appointment is made.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support, it has been truly humbling,” Lightbody said. “It was an honour to be BCLC’s CEO; however, it’s time for someone else to lead the company as I look forward to my next chapter.”