With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, USAbility, Gaming Realms and ComeOn have moved to bolster their teams with key hires.
ComeOn Group has strengthened its senior management team after announcing the appointment of new product leads for its casino and sportsbook units.
The group has confirmed the appointment of Aaron Lowe as Director of Casino, effective November 1, who joins from Mr Green, the European online gambling subsidiary of William Hill, where he served as Head of Gaming between 2020-2022.
Further changes see ComeOn welcome Jonathan West as Director of Sportsbook, where he is charged with developing the next phase of the firm’s sports betting offering across regulated markets. West joins from Casumo and has also had stints at BetVictor and MoPlay.
Cristiano Blanco, ComeOn Chief Product Officer, who both will report to, said: “Aaron is a leader with profound casino knowledge and a vast understanding of how to create a long-term sustainable value proposition to our customers. In addition to his proven track record, Aaron is bringing a lot of energy and innovative ideas that will benefit our products and customers.”
Adding: “The sportsbook business is a key pillar of ComeOn’s growth strategy and we are delighted to have Jonathan leading our sportsbook business to the next stage.
“Jonathan is combining extensive product and trading experiences as well as know-how in proposition management and will guide our sportsbook vertical to the next stage of acceleration.”
Simon Jagdhar has been named as Director of Game Studio at NeoGames’ Wizard Games subsidiary, following similar roles at both NetEnt and Pragmatic Play.
Jagdhar will oversee the studio’s entire game production process, as well as leading efforts to develop, enhance and scale-up the company’s game production cycles.
Joey Hurtado, Managing Director at Wizard Games, noted: “We are thrilled to welcome Simon on board! With his know-how of the industry, he will play an instrumental part in further expanding our portfolio of titles that slot fans love to play.
“We have high hopes for the future and this appointment further highlights our efforts to become a leading supplier to the global iGaming industry.”
EPIC Risk Management has added further lived experience to its ranks, as well as financial services knowledge, following the appointment of Josiah Ojofeitimi as Business Development Consultant
Working closely alongside director of business development Martin Bland, Ojofeitimi hopes to create new partnerships with the kind of institutions he knows from previous roles, at the likes of Aviva and First Central.
“We started having conversations over the phone and straight away I felt the energy and that the values that EPIC have are very much aligned to mine,” explained Ojofeitimi.
“Having lived through the experience of problem gambling, I really want to do what I can to assist.
“The initial phase of my work with EPIC will see me come in on a consultative basis, where we’re really looking to penetrate new markets. My background is ten years in financial services and insurance, and given [CEO] Paul Buck’s background in that sector as well, it’s something that he’s keen to grow over the next few years.”
USAbility has announced the appointment of Joe Asher, President of Sports Betting at IGT, who will join a newly formed advisory board in a non-executive capacity and shareholder.
As a one-stop-shop for compliance, product and project delivery advisory, USAbility noted that it will look to harness Asher’s industry experience in a bid to maintain global provisions.
Avi Howard, CEO of USAbility, explained: “We’re truly delighted to welcome Joe Asher to the Advisory Board. Joe is an industry hall-of-famer and a successful entrepreneur with unparalleled knowledge, experience and network.
“Our work together in the past means that Joe benefitted from our services during one of the most complex platform migrations in the post-PASPA era.
“The industry is going through a significant phase of consolidation, where the need for our expertise in technology migration, business integration and digital transformation is at an all-time high.
“As an industry leader with such a unique prior experience with us and in his current role at IGT, Joe is exactly what we need to continue growing at the pace we have become accustomed to. We look forward to achieving great success together.”
Gaming Realms has welcomed Anna Massion, who is lauded as boasting more than 15 years of expertise in the global gaming sector, to the group’s board as an independent Non-Executive Director.
The company has stressed a belief that Massion, who has also been invited to join the group’s Audit and Remuneration Committees, will be a valuable addition to the board.
Michael Buckley, Executive Chair of Gaming Realms, commented: “We are delighted Anna has agreed to join our Board, bringing significant experience working with international gaming companies. We are looking forward to working with her.”
FSB has continued to strengthen its senior executive team after confirming the appointment of Marc Burroughes as Director of Account Management.
In his new role, Burroughes will hold responsibility for expanding relationships with the company’s existing platform partners.
Glenn Elliott, Chief Operating Officer at FSB, said: “Marc is another dynamic appointment into our growing, global senior management team. Listening and understanding our partner community is integral to our values at FSB and Marc’s appointment signals a strong desire to strengthen these relationships further.
“Being empowered to curate their optimal offering means our key clients have enjoyed impressive growth in 2022 and Marc will now take this forward and build on the momentum into 2023 and beyond.”