The British Columbia Lottery Corporation has confirmed that President and CEO Jim Lightbody has stepped down from his role after 21 years at the corporation.
Lightbody has been on medical leave since September 6, 2019, following a cancer diagnosis and, although he has stepped away from his role permanently, he remains on leave with the corporation.
BCLC intends to launch a global recruitment process to find a new CEO and President this month, with the current interim Lynda Cavanaugh will continue in the role whilst the process continues.
“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,” said Gary Moore, BCLC’s Board Chair. “On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at BCLC, we wish him the very best as he continues his road to recovery.”
Lightbody first joined BCLC in 2001, serving as Vice President of Lottery Gaming and Vice President of Casino and Community Gaming for 13 years. In 2014, Lightbody took up the role as CEO and President until his diagnosis in 2019.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support, it’s been truly humbling,” added Lightbody. “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.”