Dedication, commitment and talent see women take senior posts at Merkur UK

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The number of women holding senior positions at Merkur UK continues to grow but Sascha Blodau believes that there’s no room for complacency.


Merkur UK took the opportunity provided by International Women’s Day (8th March) to confirm the appointment of two female members of the team to senior positions within the company. Natalia Placzek has followed a career path that has seen her progress from Supervisor to Manager to Area Manager and then on to Operations Manager. She is joined by Kellie Poundall who has made the progression from Area Manager to Operations Manager.

Announcing the appointments, Operations Director Steve Ambrose said: “One of the great things about the low stake, low prize gaming entertainment industry and the Merkur UK business in particular is the absence of any glass ceilings. We recognise people with talent and we invest in our team members to help them become the very best versions of themselves. Natalia and Kellie have shown a combination of hard work, dedication, professionalism and great skill to rise through the ranks as they have done and there is no reason why they cannot continue that progression.”

Sascha Blodau, General Manager, Merkur UK stated: “The support, guidance and mentoring provided by Merkur UK means that outstanding candidates – men and women – will be able to succeed in the business and enjoy fulfilling careers. 16 percent of the Merkur UK team has spent over a decade working for the brand which is a testament to the investment in personal and professional development which in the process helps turn rewarding jobs into fulfilling and successful careers.”

He added: “Whilst I am proud of the growing number of women holding senior positions within the Merkur UK family there’s no room for complacency. The theme for the International Women’s Day 2022 is ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ and this will form a key target and message in our sustainability commitments. According to the World Economic Forum gender parity remains a century away, which means the campaign at the heart of International Women’s Day is as much for future generations as it is for the here and now.”

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