University of Westminster alumnus Jim Mullen has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the UK betting firm Ladbrokes. The firm is currently Britain’s second-biggest bookmaker.

Mullen, who completed a Software Engineering MSc degree at the University, was previously Chief Operating Officer of online operations at Ladbrokes, and has also held positions at William Hill and News International – an impressive portfolio that helped him beat the international and external competition. He will become the firm’s chief executive from 1 April this year. Mullen’s achievement can be regarded as a rare example of an executive with an IT background taking on the position of CEO of a major UK firm.

Reuters reports that Ladbrokes has struggled to keep pace with competitors, and that Mullen’s appointment reflects the need to compete harder in the growing online market. Mullen says: "I already have an informed view in my mind of what needs to be done, there is not going to be a long pick-up period."

In his previous post he led the transformation of Ladbroke’s digital business by creating new products and services.

The University of Westminster’s Software Engineering MSc course focuses on the application of engineering-style methods to the production of computer software. It is a dynamic and expanding field that plays a central role in the UK’s economic growth. The continuing shortage of qualified software engineers means that graduates have been very successful in gaining software-related jobs in a competitive market.

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The courses are taught at the University’s Faculty of Science and Technology based in central London.

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