Richard Flint, executive chairman of Sky Betting and Gaming, is to leave the tech giant after 17 years with the company.

The Leeds-based tech giant achieved billion-pound status when it was acquired by Stars Group last year.

Flint, who joined the company in 2001, first served as MD before going on to become chief executive of the online gaming operator and finally executive chairman.

The Stars Group have stated that currently it does not have a replacement lined up to fill the role, which will be open after Flint leaves in June.

The Stars Group CEO Rafi Ashkenazi, confirmed Flint’s exit in a conference call. Ashkenazi said Flint had decided to move on and pursue other opportunities, and Flint for the assistance with the transition.

He currently holds roles at the Yorkshire and Humber CBI, has an advisory position for the Road World Cycling Championships, and is an investor and board member at online dog food company Butternut Box.

London start-up Butter Box raised £15m in April to fuel its expansion. Flint said he will split his time in the near future between these positions.