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With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, Entain, Salsa Technology and Playson, all feature in our latest rundown of a number of recent manoeuvres.

Salsa Technology

Salsa Technology has recruited André Filipe Neves as the group’s Chief Operating Officer as the group asserts an aim of spearheading the next stage of its evolution.

Boasting in excess of 20 years experience across the igaming, banking and Insurance sectors, Neves joins the group from Kik Agency and will be charged with increasing Salsa Tech’s push across Latin America and Europe.

“Andre is already having a positive impact on the company’s business as the team works hard to deliver on Salsa’s ambitious growth targets across both LatAm and the European market”, noted Peter Nolte, Salsa Tech Founder.


Oleksandr Rudenko has been appointed as Head of Platform at Playson almost five years after first joining the online casino content supplier.

The group lauds Rudenko as “the ideal candidate” as to elevate its infrastructure and integration “into the next level” as it seeks international growth and the onboarding of an increasing number of partners.

“We’re delighted to have given Oleksandr the Head of Platform role, his expertise within infrastructure solutions and platform integrations will be invaluable as we aim to expand our global operator network rapidly,” stated Alex Ivshin, Playson CEO.

“The recent internal adjustments we’ve made, will allow us to meet our enhanced growth plans, with our eyes set firmly on expanding and cementing our position key markets across the world.”

SkyCity Entertainment

SkyCity Entertainment Group has confirmed an intention to appoint Katie Hughes, an experienced non-executive director, and Glenn Davis, who has 35 years of experience as a solicitor in corporate and risk throughout Australia, as non-exec directors to its board.

These remain subject to approval by regulatory authorities in each of the gaming jurisdictions in which Sky City operates, a process which the group says normally takes some months to conclude. In the meantime, they will each be available to assist the board in an advisory capacity. 

Julian Cook, SkyCity Chair, commented: “Kate and Glenn are experienced professionals and bring considerable expertise to the SkyCity Board across a diverse range of sectors and industries. We are delighted that they have agreed to join the SkyCity board. 

“The SkyCity Board is working on a restructure of its internal Board committee structure and, as part of this, intends to appoint Kate as the Chair of a new Risk and Compliance Committee expected to be established later this year. 

“Kate’s comprehensive experience in risk management, health, safety and environment, business resilience, crisis management, regulatory compliance, privacy and fraud prevention will be invaluable in this regard.

“In addition to being appointed to the SkyCity Board, it is intended that Glenn also be appointed as a non-executive director and Chair of SkyCity’s Australian subsidiary, SkyCity Adelaide, given his expertise and experience in legislative compliance, risk management and corporate activity regulated by the Australian Corporations Act and the ASX.”


The board of Entain has confirmed the appointment of Rahul Welde as an independent non-executive director of the FTSE100 global gambling group. 

Welde is the current Executive Vice President of Global Digital Transformation for Unilever, which is recognised as the FTSE’s biggest fast-moving consumer goods company and the overall index’s fourth most valuable company.

Barry Gibson, Chair of Entain, said: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted to welcome Rahul to Entain. Rahul brings with him exceptional knowledge of customer experience excellence, ecommerce and digital transformation. 

“I am confident that his skills and expertise will further enhance the board’s ability to support and oversee the delivery of our strategy.”

Groupe FDJ

Groupe FDJ has announced the appointment of Philippe Lazare as a non-executive corporate advisor of the Paris Euronext gambling group. 

The French business figurehead will serve on FDJ’s corporate committee for governance, remuneration and appointments. 

“Philippe Lazare will bring his experience in digital transformation, international business and mergers and acquisitions to the FDJ group’s board of directors,” – read an FDJ statement.