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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 manoeuvres.


Gaming and sports betting operator Gaming1 has boosted its c-level ranks with the appointment of Stars Group marketing veteran David Carrion as its chief marketing officer.

Selected for his data-driven skills and approach, the role will see Carrion tasked with building upon the international awareness of the firm’s brand name, as well as taking the helm at Gaming1’s data science team.

Sylvain Boniver, Gaming1 COO & co-founder, explained: “On behalf of everyone here at Gaming1, I’d like to wish David the warmest of welcomes. A world-class addition to our team, his appointment forms part of a recruitment drive aimed at accelerating our continued international expansion into crucial markets such as the US.

“We are a data-obsessed company so with David’s precise, data-driven approach, as well as a remarkable skillset and experience portfolio, he’s perfectly placed to help take our brand to the next level.”

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

Rivers Casino Philadelphia, which recently celebrated 10 years on Delaware Avenue, has named Las Vegas gaming and hospitality executive Eric Fitzgerald as general manager, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Most recently Fitzgerald served as president and COO of Excalibur Hotel & Casino, which boasts 3,900 hotel rooms and 3,000 employees, following a period as Circus Circus Hotel & Casino president and COO, and a near-decade run as senior VP of operations for Luxor/Excalibur Hotel & Casino.

“Eric’s experience in running large-scale, multifaceted destination properties in Vegas provides the perfect runway for landing at Rivers Casino in Philly,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming.

“He has a track record of growing customer loyalty in highly competitive markets, under challenging market conditions.”

Crucial Compliance

Responsible gaming and AML experts Crucial Compliance has announced the appointment of Andy Masters as partner and chief operating officer.

Masters’ initial responsibility is to advance the professional services and software development team by bringing together experts in their fields. He will drive compliance management solutions; building a suite of products to match the global ambitions of the company.

Paul Foster, managing director of Crucial Compliance, commented: “We are very proud to welcome Masters as both a partner and fellow Board member to help deliver the sustainable but ambitious targets. As COO, he is bringing a depth of knowledge and experience which will help take us to the next level of company growth and development and, crucially, compliments the existing team and client base perfectly.”


Barstool Sports’ chief executive officer Erika Nardini has been elected to the board of directors of World Wrestling Entertainment.

Nardini was named Barstool Sports’ first CEO in 2016, and since that time the company has experienced tremendous brand and business growth as one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands on the internet, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

During her tenure at the company, Nardini has launched more than 35 brands, including breakout franchises in sports, entertainment, female lifestyle, business and sports betting.

“Erika is a seasoned executive with a tremendous track record of building businesses, developing experiences, and engaging different audiences across the media ecosystem,” said Vince McMahon, WWE chairman and CEO.

“Her entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and understanding of today’s consumers will serve as a perfect addition to our board of directors.”

ESA Gaming

ESA Gaming has confirmed the appointment of Maria Luisa Malfasi as business development manager in a bid to accelerate the company’s next level of growth.

Malfasi has over 15 years experience from the online gambling sector and joins the ESA Gaming team from iSoftBet where she held the role of senior account manager for three years.

In her role, Malfasi will lead ESA Gaming’s commercial efforts and pursue strategic opportunities by fostering new partnerships and identifying new markets.

Zorica Smallwood, Director at ESA Gaming, added: “We are thrilled to welcome Maria Luisa to the ESA Gaming family. She has a wealth of knowledge of the industry and will be an invaluable addition to our team as we continue our commercial expansion in a number of jurisdictions.”