We’re delighted to announce that Lauren Iannarone of Playtech Compliance and Valeria Russo of Quickspin, two of nine Playtech nominees, have been honoured at the 2019 Women in Gaming Diversity Awards (WIGs).


Playtech’s Head of Corporate Responsibility since 2016, Lauren’s tireless and outstanding work in in the Compliance team and as the company’s social responsibility champion has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards at the ceremony – the coveted Industry Achiever Award. The award celebrates the dedication and commitment of the most influential women in the industry and their significant contribution to the success of their organisations.


Since joining Quickspin in October 2018 as an Account Manager, following spells with NetEnt and iSoftBet, Valeria’s instant impact has seen her triumph in the Star of the Future category. Honouring the strides made by the leaders of tomorrow, the award recognises the energy, ambition and spirit driving a positive, inclusive future of the gambling industry.


Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, the WIGs recognise and promote gender diversity and wellbeing across the gambling industry, honouring the contributions of both organisations and individuals, from senior figures to stars of the future.


Shimon Akad, COO at Playtech, comments: ‘We’re exceptionally proud of all our nominees at the Women in Gaming Diversity Awards, and Lauren’s and Valeria’s success is a testament to their fantastic work since joining the company. Having come from outside the sector, Lauren has brought a fresh perspective to Playtech’s Responsible Gambling and CSR strategy, while Valeria has rapidly gained experience with key players in the industry, setting her on a path to an extremely bright future with Playtech.


‘The WIGs are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of key figures in our industry, as well as challenging some of the preconceptions around gender bias and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. At Playtech, diversity and inclusion are key priorities, and we’re committed to doing all we can to attracting, retaining and empowering a truly inclusive workforce. The number of nominations received across Playtech and Quickspin at this year’s WIGs is a clear indicator of just how much we can achieve’.


This success marks the second double win in a row for Playtech, following honours last year for our Head of Tax, Kam Sanghera (Star of the Future) and our Head of Account Management, Lucy Owen (Industry Pride Award). Many congratulations to Lauren, Valeria and all our nominees for their amazing achievements throughout the year!


About Playtech

Founded in 1999 and premium listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech is a technology leader in the gambling and financial trading industries.

Playtech is the gambling industry's leading technology company, delivering business intelligence-driven gambling software, services, content and platform technology across the industry’s most popular product verticals, including casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports, bingo and poker. It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling technology through its integrated platform technology, Playtech ONE. Playtech ONE delivers data-driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, CRM and responsible gambling solutions across one single platform across product verticals and across retail and online.

Playtech partners with and invests in the leading brands in regulated and newly regulated markets to deliver its data-driven gambling technology across the retail and online value chain. Playtech provides its technology on a B2B basis to the industry’s leading retail and online operators, land-based casino groups and government sponsored entities such as lotteries. As of June 2018, through the acquisition of Snaitech, Playtech directly owns and operates the leading sports betting and gaming brand in online and retail in Italy, Snai. Snaitech operates a B2B2C model as a service provider, allowing franchisees to utilise the Playtech technology stack in in the retail environment while operating the leading brand, Snai, directly online as a B2C business.

Playtech's Financials Division, named TradeTech Group, is a technology leader in the CFD and financial trading industry and operates both on a B2C and B2B basis.

Playtech has in total c.5,800 employees across 17 countries and is headquartered in the Isle of Man.


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Playtech plc

James Newman, Director of Corporate Affairs


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