With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent appointments.

GVC Holdings

The gaming and sports betting organisation has strengthened its operational management team, with Gabriele Griesbacher joining as group as director of payments and Colin Cole-Johnson taking up the role of gaming product director.

With both set to join next month, Cole-Johnson is to be responsible for GVC’s casino, live and bingo products, as Griesbacher gets set to lead all aspects of payments across the group, covering commercial, product and compliance.

Shay Segev, chief operating officer of GVC, commented: “We are delighted to have Gabriele and Colin joining us. Both have huge expertise in their respective areas and will further strengthen the Group’s leadership team.

“Gabriele will spearhead our ever-increasing focus on compliance, ensuring we maintain a player-safety-first approach in everything we do, while Colin will drive our gaming product forward, bringing his unparalleled industry experience and gaming expertise.”

Canterbury Park

Striving to evolve into a diverse gaming, entertainment, and real estate development company, Canterbury Park has unveiled a plethora of leadership changes.

Alongside Maureen Bausch and John Himle being added to the firm’s board of directors, Randy Sampson, Canterbury Park’s president and CEO, has also been appointed executive chairman of the board.

Furthermore Carin Offerman, current chair of the compensation and nominating committees, has been appointed the company’s lead director.

In connection with the latter two positional changes, Curtis Sampson and Dale Schenian have retired as chair and vice chair, assuming the new titles of chairman emeritus and vice chairman emeritus respectively.

Randy Sampson commented: “As Canterbury Park continues to evolve from a racetrack into a diverse gaming, entertainment, and real estate development company, the board recognised that it was important to add members that would bring additional skill sets and business backgrounds to the company.”

Push Gaming

The games development studio has recruited former LeoVegas had of finance Roderick Falzon, who joins Push Gaming as finance director.

In the role Falzon will be responsible for managing the Malta-based developer’s finances, including building the finance team, financial reporting and working with the management team to drive growth.

James Marshall, CEO of Push Gaming, commented: “We’re very pleased to bring Roderick and his experience into our team. We’re investing further into our Malta operations and expanding our teams in London and the Ukraine, Roderick will be pivotal in continuing to structure and support our growth.”


Andreas Kovacs has been appointed as director of business development at Raketech, clearing the way for Måns Svalborn to join the online affiliate and content marketing company as chief financial officer.

Initially working alongside his predecessor to ensure a smooth transition, Svalborn is to focus on the execution of a growth strategy that recently saw the acquisition of Casumba Media, marking the company’s establishment of operations in the Japanese market

”I am very happy to welcome Måns Svalborn as our new CFO. Måns is a highly skilled finance professional with relevant experience across reporting, accounting and audit which will be valuable in the continued development of our finance department,” Michael Holmberg, CEO at Raketech, said of the appointment

“All in all, with Måns as new CFO and Andreas as director of business development, I am confident that we are in a great position to continue building long-term shareholder value.”