Pragmatic Play appoints Cornides as COO ‘to aid 2022 expansion’

Former Global Relationship Director for SBC, Kelly Kehn, has been appointed as HappyHours’ Partner, Communications & Industry Relations. 

In an aim ‘to aid continued expansion in 2022’, igaming content provider Pragmatic Play has welcomed Irina Cornides to thits team as chief operations officer.

Boasting over a decade of experience in the online casino industry, most of which was spent in senior leadership positions, Cornides commented: “I am delighted to be joining such a talented team; I’ve long admired Pragmatic Play’s meteoric rise and saw first-hand how much players and operators alike love their games. 

“I look forward to bringing my expertise to the team and working together to make Pragmatic Play into an even bigger success story.”

Most recently, Cornides held the position of chief commercial officer for Asia at Gamesys – now Bally’s – where she led the ‘fastest growing’ division within the business.

“We created this role as part of the next phase in our expansion journey and sought out Irina for her impressive growth track record,” remarked Julian Jarvis, chief executive officer of Pragmatic Play.

“We are confident Irina’s accomplished experience will help successfully guide the company to new heights.”

At the back-end of 2021, Pragmatic Play praised its CSR contributions as it recapped donations made through local communities where its European offices are based in Malta, Gibraltar and Romania.

Notable highlights included a donation on International Women’s Day with a €5,000 contribution to the Women for Women Foundation back in March. This was followed by a €21,000 donation to Metropolis Philanthropic Foundation in May which went towards renovating a children’s oncology ward in Romania which has been helping less fortunate children since 2007.

Further donations included £11,000 to Calpe House in Gibraltar, €28,000 to Maltese Cancer charity Puttinu Cares, €20,000 to the Blondie Association, and €14,700 to the Homeless Animal Shelter.