Anders Karlsen steps down with Endre Nesset in as GAN’s B2C lead

Endre Nesset has been appointed President of B2C at GAN after it was confirmed that Anders Karlsen would be stepping down from the group, with this resignation effective as of August 26, 2022.

Karlsen, one of Coolbet’s first employees having served as Chief Operating Officer upon the company’s founding in 2015, is praised as being “instrumental” and an “important part” of the online casino and sports betting operator’s journey.

Since GAN’s acquisition of the entity in January 2021, he is further lauded as being “a critical piece” in the launch of GAN Sports in the US.

“I am incredibly proud of what we built at Coolbet and thrilled to see its continued success since our combination with the GAN team,” he said 

“GAN has a bright future ahead and is well-positioned to excel in the growing igaming and online sports betting markets around the world. I also have tremendous confidence that the B2C segment and Coolbet product will continue to thrive under Endre’s leadership.”

Nesset, who formerly enjoyed a near eight year stint at Gaming Innovation Group, first joined GAN in August 2020 and has previously held the posts of Director of Sports and Senior Vice President of Global Sports before this latest ascension.

“I am excited and honoured to take on this new challenge to keep growing Coolbet into the new heights together with all our cool people,” Nesset commented.

“We have an amazing team, an extraordinary platform and that positions us perfectly for long-term growth.”

Dermot Smurfit, Chief Executive Officer of GAN, added: “I want to thank Anders and express the gratitude of the entire GAN team for his leadership, expertise and hard work since the combination of the GAN and Coolbet teams almost two years ago. 

“Since our acquisition of Coolbet, the product has performed spectacularly, and Anders has helped lay the foundation for what we expect to be a robust and exciting market acceptance of our GAN Sports offering in the very near future. 

“I’d also like to congratulate Endre, who in his time here has built an incredibly strong sportsbook organisation and is highly deserving of his new role.”