Svenska Spel CEO cashes in his chips

Svenska Spel CEO Jesper Kärrbrink has decided to step down following consultations with the company’s board.

Svenska Spel CEO cashes in his chips

“It has become clear lately that my ideas about how Svenska Spel should be run don’t agree with the image held by the owners. Therefore I have, in consultation with the board, come to an agreement that the best course of action in this situation is for the board to find a replacement for me,” he said in a statement.

Newly chosen Svenska Spel board chair Margareta Winberg issued a statement expressing her regrets over Kärrbrink’s decision to step down as head of Sweden’s state gaming monopoly.

Kärrbrink doesn’t share the owners’ fundamental attitudes about how the company should be managed, said Winberg.

She added that the search for a new CEO has already begun and that treasurer Anders Hägg will serve as temporary CEO until further notice.

Kärrbrink is set to receive severance pay of 2.88 million kronor ($487,000), the equivalent of one year’s salary. He has also signed an agreement not to work for a competing company for one year, reported Winberg.

Discussions about Kärrbrink’s future began shortly after Winberg took over as board chair on Wednesday of last week.

“It was in relation to the change in the board chair. It became very clear, from the side of the owners, that they wanted a different direction. And that was also a reason for the change in chairperson,” Winberg said to the TT news agency.

More responsible gaming and a cautionary approach will be important ingredients for the new CEO’s assignment.

According to Winberg, the board made a final decision on Kärrbrink’s fate on Monday morning following several days of discussions with him.


UK teacher challenges Swedes to Minecraft

An English high school has taken notice after teachers in Stockholm introduced compulsory Minecraft lessons for 13-year-old students, with one Englishman keen to pit his own students against those in Sweden.

UK teacher challenges Swedes to Minecraft

After The Local wrote about a Stockholm school and its compulsory Minecraft lessons, one Englishman has been particularly moved by the Minecraft must.

Andrew Richardson Medd, assistant head teacher at the new Thomas Ferens Academy in Hull, is keen to get a similar programme running for his own students.

“When I saw the article, I thought – this is what I’m looking for – a lot of our students were playing Minecraft already and I’ve been trying to find something for our project-based learning programme,” Medd told The Local.

With his own students at the Hull school already equipped with their own iPads, Medd believes that interactive work with the Swedish computer game could be the perfect platform for a summer project for his own 13-14-year-olds.

“Learning has changed. Pupils aren’t receivers any more, the boundaries are greyed. Learning has become more collaborative, and that’s what I like about the game,” he said.

“Students are digital natives; they learn through experimenting whereas adults learn by questioning.”

Minecraft has already proven to be extremely popular worldwide since its release in November 2011, with over 40 million registered players and 17.5 million games units sold.

The three dimensional game demands that players find creative solutions to construction problems. According to its website, the idea is as simple as “arranging blocks to build anything you can imagine.”

While Medd is yet to hear back from teachers in Stockholm about their project, he is keen to throw down the gauntlet if that’s what it takes to get noticed.

“My vision is that the two schools could come together in an online collaborative project. A competition would be fantastic – let’s take on the natives, so to speak,” he told The Local.

“I cant profess to be a techie myself, but the kids would be really up for the challenge.”

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