With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, Star Entertainment Group, Sportingtech and Rush Street Interactive, have moved to bolster their teams with key hires.

Star Entertainment Group

Zhan Spalding has been named to the Star Entertainment Group’s senior leadership team after taking up the newly created role of General Manager of Surveillance across Queensland.

Boasting more than 30 years experience in global roles in Czechia, Morocco, Argentina, Venezuela, Romania, England and New Zealand, Spalding will oversee the group’s venues in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Zhan’s wealth of experience will be an asset to our Queensland-based surveillance and security team, particularly to a role and industry sector where women have traditionally been under-represented,” said Geoff Hogg, Star Entertainment CEO and MD.

“We value diversity of ideas and backgrounds and it’s rewarding to see the strides we have made in promoting gender equality are being reflected in our talent acquisition pipeline.

“We ensure the best people are recruited for the right roles, adhering to a policy that provides everyone with the same opportunities, reduces bias in the hiring process and fosters an inclusive workplace.” 

Rush Street Interactive

Rush Street Interactive has recruited veteran Philadelphia radio sports talk host Mike Missanelli as podcaster and brand ambassador in an exclusive BetRivers agreement.

After starting during the current first week of NFL season, he will record two weekly podcasts, as well as representing BetRivers on multiple shows within and outside the sportsbook’s network.

Furthermore, he will also appear in commercials across multiple radio, TV and digital mediums, as well as making meet and greet appearances at select events throughout the area.

“Mike Missanelli is an icon in the world of covering the Philadelphia sports scene and we are really excited to have him join our BetRivers family of Brand Ambassadors and podcast hosts,” said Richard Schwartz, CEO of RSI, which operates BetRivers.  

“We know bettors are going to love his passionate personality and seasoned sports tips which in turn will make their betting experiences on BetRivers.com even more rewarding and fun.”

British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed the appointment of Greg Swift as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs for UK racing’s governing body.

He joins the the group’s executive team from the Foreign Secretary, in which he served as the government department’s Head of News and Press Secretary.

“We are delighted to be able to attract someone of Greg’s calibre to this role,” noted BHA Chief Executive Julie Harrington.

“The restructure of the communications and corporate affairs department has the objective of enhancing the BHA’s capacity in these areas, to allow us to be more proactive and build on the work of the experienced team that is already in place.”

Sports Information Services

Michalek Bartlomiej has been appointed as Sports Information Services Commercial Manager for the UK and Europe, as the betting services supplier targets growth across the continent. 

SIS is looking to diversify its horse and greyhound racing, esports and numbers content throughout Europe, as well as seeking to strengthen its international profile.

The hire, based in Poland, will be tasked with advancing SIS’ 24/7 live racing content offering and competitive gaming esports products, building on his previous roles at LV Bet, Betcris and Enteractive, having ended his tenure at the latter in the capacity of Country Sales Manager. 

Helen Ridley, Head of Sales (UK & Europe) at SIS, said: “Bartlomiej joins us at an ideal time to enhance the increased delivery of our wide range of 24/7 betting content to our partners, including the recently launched CS:GO competitive gaming product which we believe will resonate with bettors in the UK and Europe.

“Making our market-leading, 24/7 solutions available to an ever-growing customer base requires safe, experienced hands and I have no doubt that Bart is the right person to achieve this.”

Sportingtech

Sportingtech has strengthened its team after naming Tommy Molloy as Chief Sportsbook Officer. 

The appointment will see Molloy work directly on the next evolution of Sportingtech’s flagship Quantum platform, in a bid to optimise its systems and services for global sports betting partners.

He previously led Pronet Gaming’s sportsbook and trading unit since 2019. Prior to that, he was Head of Sports Trading at Tabcorp UK.

Bobby Longhurst, Managing Director at Sportingtech, noted: “Sportingtech’s strategy for growth has product innovation at its heart, and Tommy represents another vital piece of that puzzle.

“His experience and superior knowledge of the sports betting space is hugely valuable to us, and I am confident he will achieve great things as part of the team.”