James Curwen steps in as Yggdrasil CEO as Bjorn Krantz departs

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Bjorn Krantz has signalled an intention to depart as Yggdrasil Chief Executive Officer, with James Curwen to step into the role from October 1, 2023.

The current Chief Online Officer of OPAP will assume a leadership role that has been occupied by Krantz since April 2022, when he took over the Yggdrasil helm from Founder Fredrik Elmqvist.

Despite the impending exit, Krantz will continue to play an active role in guiding the company and facilitating a seamless transition until his departure at the end of September.

“Since day one, my work with Yggdrasil has been focused on transformation, and as the company now enters the next phase of its global developments, it’s time for me to hand over the reins,” Krantz said.

“James Curwen is an industry veteran; he will bring invaluable experience and leadership to the company as it enters the next phase of driving sustainable, profitable growth. It’s his time to lead.” 

Curwen has been in his current position with the Greek operator since April 2021, with previous industry experience coming via roles as CEO of Golden Rock Studios and Chief Gaming Officer of Superbet, as well as a number of positions during a near six year stint at William Hill. 

Itai Frieberger, Yggdrasil’s Chair of the Board, stated, “The board is thrilled to announce that James Curwen has agreed to join us as the new CEO of Yggdrasil. We believe he possesses the skills and experience to elevate the business to new heights. 

“On behalf of the board, I want to express our gratitude to Bjorn for his hard work and dedication over the last four years at Yggdrasil.”