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Carl Leaver is new Gala boss

Gala Coral has hired a former director at Marks & Spencer to lead the gambling group, and the chief executive of Debenhams to become its new chairman.

Carl Leaver, the former director of international, home and multi-channel at M&S between 2007 and 2009, joins Gala Coral with immediate effect.

Rob Templeman, who will remain as chief executive of Debenhams, where he has been since 2003, has also joined Gala Coral as non-executive chairman.

He replaces Neil Goulden who will remain at the group until the end of January to ensure a smooth handover.