Following an Extraordinary Assembly, Spanish trade association Jdigital has approved the appointment of Andrea Vota as the new director general.
Vota, who’s appointment gained unanimous approval, is a consultant specializing in political stakeholder management and corporate communications. He has formerly worked for international Public Affairs firm Political Intelligence and as public affairs lead for German professional IT services provider CIRC.
“I am very grateful to Jdigital for their confidence and I am very happy to be able to bring my knowledge and experience to the association at such a sensitive time for the sector,” said Vota.
“The online gaming industry faces significant challenges for its survival, and that is why we at Jdigital will be fighting with all the resources available to improve any senseless decision that could harm a safe and fully regulated industry. avoiding the further destruction of jobs at a time of economic crisis like the one we live in.
Vota will support Jdigital President Mikel López de Torre, representing the Spanish online gambling industry amid a changing regulatory landscape.
The 2019 election of Spain’s PSOE-Podemos coalition government, saw the radical overhaul of Spain’s federal laws related to gambling advertising, implementing severe marketing restrictions across all media channels.
This week, Jdigital sanctioned an appeal to the European Commission, stating that the government had breached European business laws, modifying amendments to its Royal Decree on Advertising, without formally informing licensed incumbents of changes.
Vota concluded: “We have a fundamental challenge that is to protect the reputation of a self-regulated sector, which thanks to new technologies offers guarantees to users, consumers and, above all, to the vulnerable population.”