Three major appointments join rapidly growing sports division ahead of large-scale Playtech ONE project deliveries
London: September 8th 2016 – Playtech Sports has significantly strengthened its management team with a trio of senior appointments ahead of a number of large-scale Playtech ONE projects and recent acquisitions including leading sports software provider BGT.
Richard Andrew has joined Playtech Sports as Chief Operating Officer (COO) from The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Danny Angus has joined as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) from OpenBet; Eoin Redmond will join Playtech Sports from Paddy Power Betfair on October 1st as Sportsbook Product Director; while Peter Greberg has been appointed as Technical Director and leader of the division’s Malmo operations.
Ian Chuter, who joined Playtech in October last year as a strategic advisor, will leave the business on October 31st to join the newly merged Ladbrokes-Coral business as Chief Operating Officer – Digital.
Chuter’s specific remit during his 12-month term was to review the overall Playtech Sports offering and to consolidate the various sports subsidiaries into a single, unified Playtech Sports operation alongside the hiring of a new senior management team.
Mor Weizer, CEO, Playtech, said: “Ian has done a first-class job during his time with us and delivered exactly what we asked; a stronger, consolidated sports business that is capable of delivering the best Omni-channel technology offering with the industry’s best talent on board to deliver and implement this across large-scale projects.
“The three appointments we have made align with our strategic vision for Playtech Sports and our Playtech ONE technology of creating a simple and intuitive experience for customers as well as creating an opportunity to extend beyond online and mobile and into further retail opportunities.
“On behalf of the Playtech Group management team I would like to thank Ian for his significant contribution over the last 12 months and look forward to continuing to work with him as we continue to deliver excellent results for both Ladbrokes and Coral.”
Richard Andrew, COO, Playtech Sports, has more than 20 years’ experience in the sports betting industry having recently worked at The Hong Kong Jockey Club and formerly at Ladbrokes where he was Trading, Product and Services Director.
Danny Angus, CTO, Playtech Sports, is a highly experienced, senior software solutions architect and joins from OpenBet where he was Product Director responsible for all of OpenBet’s in-venue technology.
Eoin Redmond was previously Lead Product Manager Exchange and Sportsbook at Betfair and will join Playtech Sports as Sportsbook Product Director on October 1st. Redmond has extensive experience developing successful products and implementing process improvement strategies across the IT and gaming industries having worked for IBM, Full Tilt and Betfair.
Playtech ONE, the company’s pioneering Omni-channel technology that enables players to use one account and one wallet to access any product across any channel, using any device, has been a huge success since the Coral Connect initiative was first implemented across Coral’s retail, online and mobile estate. Coral Group’s third quarter results last week showed that Connect sign-ups totalled 74,000 during the quarter, with Connect customers contributing 48% of coral.co.uk net revenue.
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Playtech is the gaming and financial trading industry’s leading Omni-Channel software, systems and services supplier with more than 130 licensees in 20 countries.
Playtech is the pioneer of Omni-Channel gaming and, through the company’s Playtech ONE brand, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet.
Its leading product portfolio spans across gaming and financial trading and includes casino, bingo, poker, sports betting, live, mobile and social/casual gaming, fixed odds games and online CFDs and binary options.
Licensees include the world’s leading online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets.
Founded in 1999 and listed on the main market of the London stock exchange, Playtech has more than 4,500 employees in 13 countries and a market capitalisation of £2.5 billion.
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