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​Malta-based gaming company Relax Gaming has appointed Daniel Eskola as chief executive officer, effective from April 1.

Eskola joins from Kindred Group, where he is chief product officer, while Relax co-founder and current CEO Patrik Österåker becomes chairman of the board.

With 13 years of B2B and B2C experience, Eskola brings to Relax extensive knowledge of casino, sports betting, poker and bingo sectors.

Österåker said: “I’m delighted that Daniel has agreed to become our CEO and we look forward to harnessing his product, commercial and operational expertise to take the company to a new level.

“Daniel shares our company values and vision and I’m certain he will be an excellent fit in the team.

“The appointment of a new CEO represents a natural and welcome transition after eight years at the helm,” said Österåker. “During that time, Relax has built a solid foundation that is now ripe for exponential scaling, and I‘m excited to leave this responsibility in the hands of our prominent executive management team with Daniel as captain.”

Eskola added: “I have followed Relax Gaming closely since its inception. I’m incredibly excited to be joining a fantastic team and at being part of the exciting journey in the upcoming years.

“I’m very confident that we can leverage their market-leading tech platform across casino, poker, and bingo in order to benefit the company and all its partners.”

Eskola’s appointment follows the recent arrival of former NetEnt CPO Simon Hammon and head of account management Andrew Crosby.