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

SMP eGaming

SMP eGaming has strengthened its board of directors with the appointment of three new members, with Jade Zorab, Matthew Robins, and Karen Yates joining Ted Pepper.

Each is to be individually responsible for driving improvements and efficiencies in complementary areas of the business, with Zorab responsible for business development and strategy, Robins for licensing, risk and compliance services and Yates for corporate governance and managed services.

“I am delighted to welcome Jade, Matthew, and Karen to the SMP eGaming Board and congratulate each on being appointed as directors,” stated Ted Pepper, managing director of SMP eGaming.

“Each brings a wealth of experience, talent and skill to the board, and they will be key in driving SMP eGaming forward as we look to improve our products and services. I look forward to working closely with each of them as we continue to grow the business.”

Kindred Group

Albin de Beauregard is to step down from the role as chief financial officer at Kindred Group, with the process to find a new permanent replacement currently underway.

Beauregard is to depart the role during the first quarter of 2020 following eight years with the group, but will continue to oversee the closing of the current financial year.

Graham Stretch, former CFO at Kindred, is to provide support during the transition period and assist in the recruitment of a new permanent CFO.

“It is with regret that Albin has informed me of his intention to step down from his role as CFO to pursue new challenges outside of the industry, stated Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group

“Albin leaves Kindred in a strong position for future growth, and a professional team that provides a solid platform to support the group’s continued development.”

Games Inc

Online slots developer, aggregator and platform provider Games Inc has strengthened its team, after announcing the appointment of Jason O’Shea as commercial director.

Bringing over ten years experience, O’Shea will be responsible for the recruitment of new game studios and the distribution of Games Inc’s proprietary and studio partner content.

Furthermore, he is to also seek new strategic partnerships with operators,suppliers and small startups, and oversee a planned period of expansion as the company looks to its increase its footprint and distribution.

Lee Moore, co-founder of Games Inc, said: “We’ve always prided ourselves on hiring creative and dynamic individuals and Jason ticks those boxes. He has the experience and the skills to help take Games Inc into a new phase of expansion. We’re thrilled to have him on board.”   

Rank Group

Karen Whitworth has been appointed to the Rank Group board with immediate effect as a non-executive director, as well as serving on its audit, safer gambling and remuneration committees.

A qualified chartered accountant, Whitworth boasts 17 years of board level experience at both private and publicly listed entities, with responsibilities spanning commercial, operations and governance.

Alex Thursby, Rank’s chairman, noted: “We are delighted to welcome Karen to the Rank board. Her extensive background in finance and governance, together with significant broad business acumen, will be a real asset to the group.  The board and I are very much look forward to working with her over the coming years.” Group Group, has bolstered its US growth strategy after appointing Max Bichsel to lead the company’s expansion into the sports betting market in the US. 

Before joining Group, Bischel served as the director of US sales for Kambi. His new role will include the development and expansion of’s partnerships with brands in the US market.

“With Max on board to lead our US efforts, the group will expand partnerships, marketing and sales efforts in America and continue to grow market share,” Charles Gillespie, Group CEO, said.