Rank appoints finance veteran Richard Harris as Group CFO

The Rank Group, which operates Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingos in the UK, has announced the appointment of Richard Harris as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Board Director with effect from 1 May 2022. As announced in November, Simon Hay, currently Director of Group Finance, will be interim CFO as of 1 January 2022 and will continue in that role until Harris joins the Group.

Foxtons Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Richard Harris will exit the company to take up a similar position at UK casino and gaming operator Rank Group, the London-based real estate agent said on Tuesday.

Harris will join Rank from Foxtons Group plc, London’s leading estate agency, where he has held the role of CFO since June 2019. During his time with Foxtons, he helped navigate the business through the financial impact of the pandemic, led a broad range of M&A activities, and delivered significant cost improvement across the business. Prior to joining Foxtons, Harris was Group Financial Controller for Laird plc having previously spent 11 years at Marks and Spencer plc in a number of senior finance roles. 

John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Rank, commented: “I am delighted to announce Richard’s appointment as our incoming Group CFO. His extensive experience across a number of senior financial and operational roles will be invaluable as we continue to deliver the next phase of Rank’s transformation plan. I look forward to welcoming Richard into the Group in 2022.”

Richard Harris, incoming Group CFO, said: “I am delighted to be joining Rank at this exciting time in the Group’s journey. I have enjoyed meeting various members of the team and look forward to working closely with them, John and the Board to deliver the Group’s strategy.”