Dr Brincat appointed as new MGA CEO
The board of governors of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced the appointment of Dr Carl Brincat for the role of new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.
Brincat will be replacing the former incumbent Heathcliff Farrugia, who did not want to renew his tenure as MGA CEO last November after notifying the Malta government that he had ultimately decided to work in the private sector.
Brincat is an expert is criminal law and has formerly acted as the MGA’s Chief Legal and Enforcement officer, leading its legal team and strategic direction on compliance matters.
After confirming Brincat’s appointment, the MGA’s board underlined the executive’s varied experience and large skillset, having led and advised various key Malta government committees.
“Carl sits on the Board of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit, and is a member of the Chamber of Advocates (Malta), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), and the International Association of Gambling Regulators (IAGR),” said the MGA.
The past couple of years saw the MGA widen its support and cooperation networks with counterpart EU regulatory agencies and policing authorities working together on sports integrity and AML threats.
In a comment on his new position, Brincat stated: “It is an honour to be selected to lead the organisation at such a critical juncture for the MGA and the industry alike. I am proud of the work that has been done by the Authority so far in raising regulatory standards and committed to ensuring that we continue along this path.”
He also added: “However, it is essential that we cultivate stronger partnerships with other regulators and stakeholders, and the industry itself, to achieve a regulatory environment that accomplishes the MGA’s objectives as set out in the law in the most effective, transparent, and proportionate manner.”