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Racecourse Media Group names Dowding as chief betting officer

Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has announced the appointment of Ben Dowding to the new role of chief betting officer.

Dowding takes up the position following the merger of the organisation’s domestic and international betting teams. He was previously director of betting at Racecourse Media Group.

RMG took the decision to combine its teams as more bookmakers are approaching rights acquisition on a global basis. Dowding will now oversee the enlarged team, taking on the new role with immediate effect.

Dowding is a long-serving member of the RMG team having joined the business in March 2013 as head of partnerships. He went on to become head of B2B and then director of betting, holding the latter role for more than six years.

Prior to his time with RMG, Dowding worked for The Jockey Club. Here, he spent time as sponsorship manager and regional sponsorship manager.

In addition, for the past three years, he has combined his duties at RMG with serving as a non-executive director at BocaSpor..

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STS appoints new CEO and chair following Entain CEE buy-out

STS has announced a management reshuffle with a new CEO and chairman appointed in the wake of its acquisition by Entain CEE.

Radim Haluza will become the Polish sports betting operator’s new chief executive, while also remaining as CEO of Entain CEE. Long-serving STS chief executive Mateusz Juroszek switches from that role to become chairman of the supervisory board.

The changes come four months after Entain CEE acquired STS in a £750m deal. Entain CEE is a joint venture between Entain, investment management company Emma Capital and the Juroszek Family.


Juroszek said the changes to STS management will improve structure and operations within STS and Entain CEE. Juroszek, as chairman, is charged with taking further care of the group’s strategic development.

Haluza, who takes over his new role on 1 January, is also the CEO of SuperSport, Croatia’s largest gaming and sportsbook operator. This business was bought by Entain CEE for £690m in N..

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Spajic tapped as Betfred USA CEO

Kresimir Spajic will lead Betfred USA as its new chief executive.

Spajic will oversee the sportsbook’s strategy and operations across 10 US states. Betfred is licensed to operate in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, Iowa, Washington, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland.

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UK Tote Group brings in new senior leadership 

UK and Irish pool operator UK Tote Group has hired two new CCOs to support its growth strategy and expand its international and domestic networks.

Jon Knapman joins Tote Group as chief commercial officer of the group’s international B2B business. With its recent expansion into US, South African and Hong Kong markets, the international business has seen substantial growth.

Dave Hammond becomes the chief commercial officer (UK) of the operator’s domestic operation. Hammond brings 25 years of experience in the industry from numerous senior operational roles in companies such as Inspired Gaming, Paddy Power, Betfair and DraftKings.

“As we continue to execute our growth strategy for the business and, following three years of significant expansion within international markets with many more opportunities on the horizon, we now have two extremely strong leaders focussed on driving the commercial performance of our international and UK businesses,” UK Tote Group chief executive Alex Fros..

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ARC confirms departure of chairman Thorpe

British racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced that David Thorpe is to step down as its chairman from 30 April.

Thorpe has served in the role since April 2014, prior to which he was chairman of both the Racecourse Association and Arena Leisure.

He also served on the boards of the Horserace Betting Levy Board and British Horseracing Authority.

“I have decided that, after nearly a decade as chairman, it is the right time to step down,” Thorpe said. “I look forward to some more time in retirement, as well as the opportunity to pursue other interests.

“It has been a significant source of pride to see the company flourish and grow over the past few years and without doubt we have assembled an incredibly smart, passionate and hard-working team. I am equally delighted to have been part of creating a new industry structure, a major improvement which should serve the sport well in to the future.

“I am sure the company will only continue to get stronger and more succes..

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Genius Sports announces two new board appointments

Genius Sports has announced the appointments of Kenneth J Kay and Michael Messara to its board of directors.

Their appointments will take effect on 8 March.

Kay has been appointed as an independent director of the board. He will also accept the role of chair of the audit committee – succeeding Harry You – and will serve as a member of the board’s nominating and corporate governance committee.

Most recently, Kay held the role of CFO at MGM Holdings. He also held CFO roles with a number of companies, including Dole Food Company, CB Richard Ellis Group Inc and Las Vegas Sands Corporation. Kay also had board and audit committee experience through his time on the board of Summit Hotel Properties.

“This is an exhilarating time to join Genius Sports as it continues to transform the way the world experiences sport,” said Kay. “I look forward to working closely with the board as the company enters the next phase of its journey as a global leader in sports data and technology.”

Kay is set..

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MyRacehorse appoints ex-Betfair racing head as marketing director

MyRacehorse, a micro-share horse racing syndicate, has hired ex-Betfair head of racing Will De Nardo to lead on its UK and Ireland marketing efforts.

De Nardo has been appointed as MyRacehorse’s UK and Ireland marketing director and global gaming advisor.

In his new role, he will lead the company’s customer base expansion.

De Nardo joins MyRacehorse after close to 10 years working at various Flutter Entertainment brands, spending time at Sky Betting & Gaming and FoxBet before moving on to Betfair.

“Will brings an additional and important marketing skill set to our UK and Ireland business due to his invaluable experience at Flutter,” said MyRacehorse managing partner Jules Pittam.

“He will be influential in enhancing the owner experience as well as working with new partners as he develops gaming opportunities around the world. We are delighted to have someone of such high calibre join the team.”

de nardo said he aims to replicate the business’ success in new markets

De Nardo sa..

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James Arnold appointed CEO of The Football Pools

Industry executive James Arnold has been appointed chief executive of iconic British betting business The Football Pools.

Arnold began his new role earlier this month, at the start of the business’ centenary year.

He joins from Noel Hayden’s LiveScore Group, which runs the Virgin Bet and LiveScore Bet sports betting brands, where he spent three years first as chief operating officer, then chief commercial officer.

Earlier in his career, Arnold worked for the likes of Betway, Boylesports and SportingBet, holding a number of marketing and executive roles during his tenure with each operator.

He replaces Derek Lloyd, who had served as CEO of The Football Pools since July 2017.

Arnold said he was “delighted” to take charge of an iconic british brand

“I’m delighted to be joining such an iconic British brand at a time of significant change and development,” Arnold said.

“A lot of good work has already been done to reposition the company for growth and I look forward to working w..

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Conor Grant to join Racecourse Media Group as chairman

Former Flutter UK and Ireland CEO Conor Grant has been appointed as the incoming chairman of Racecourse Media Group (RMG).

Grant will initially join as a non-executive director, beginning 1 April 2023, and will succeed chairman Roger Lewis on 1 October 2023. Lewis first joined the RMG board in 2012 and was appointed as chairman in 2019.

Grant has 24 years of experience in the industry, and was most recently chief executive for Flutter UK and Ireland. Before this, he was the chief operating officer of Sky Betting and Gaming.

“I am delighted to be joining Racecourse Media Group at such an exciting time for the business and the broader racing industry,” said Grant. “RMG has delivered outstanding results for its shareholders in recent years and I would like to pay tribute to Roger who has done a fantastic job, along with CEO Martin Stevenson, in growing and developing the business.

“I look forward to working with the RMG team and continuing to deliver for all of our racecourses.”


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Laila Mintas announces new venture, PlayEngine

Former PlayUp US chief executive Laila Mintas has co-founded a new venture, PlayEngine, and joined as chief executive.

The new business is a “microservices-based” B2B sports betting and igaming platform. The business said that it will “provide its customers with a tailor-made, individual solution that is reliable, scalable, fast and secure”.

Its sportsbook offering will allow clients to accept payments from cryptocurrency as well as fiat money and will include a “travelling wallet” to allow players to use the same wallet in different jurisdictions.

PlayEngine was initially created through the Berkeley Skydeck startup incubator.

“I am very excited about being a co-founder and the CEO of PlayEngine,” Laila Mintas said. “The sports betting and igaming market is just too competitive to work off legacy tech.

“There is a huge need for agile and modern technology and I truly believe that we have the most automated and data-driven product in the market, which will enable the sportsbettin..

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Fanatics hires Brandt Iden as VP of government affairs

Fanatics Betting and Gaming has hired former Michigan legislator Brandt Iden as its new vice-president of government affairs, as the business edges closer to launching its betting product.

Iden was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2014, until 2020 when he reached the state term limit. During this time he spearheaded the efforts to legalise both sports betting and online casino gaming in the state.

He then joined Sportradar, where he was head of government affairs during a period in which the business went public on the Nasdaq exchange.

Now, he joins Fanatics ahead of the apparel brand’s long-rumoured launch of a sports betting operation.

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EPIC brings in Smith as new director of operations

Independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has named Danielle Smith as its new director of operations.

Succeeding Pete Wallis, Smith will take the lead on a number of key business infrastructure projects at EPIC.

Smith joins the consultancy after almost 13 years with the British army, where she was most recently a life skills developer, having previously been personnel change manager and a commissioned officer in the Royal Military Police.

Prior to this, she spent time as a legal advisor for DWF, a global provider of integrated legal and business services.

“I’ve come into EPIC at quite an interesting point,” Smith said. “There are lots of really tasty projects ongoing and lots of opportunity and potential for the future, so it’s really exciting. I’m super happy to be here, get on board and get involved in the growth of the business.

“What attracted me to EPIC is the passion that everyone has. Passion runs though the company, no matter what level you’re..

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