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Catena Media appoints Henrik Persson Ekdahl as acting CEO with immediate effect

The Board of Catena Media Plc has today appointed Henrik Persson Ekdahl as acting CEO with immediate effect and Robert Andersson leaves as CEO of the company. The board of directors has initiated this CEO change in order to fulfill the company’s strategy, continued growth and to increase shareholder value.

Henrik Persson

Henrik Persson Ekdahl

Henrik Persson Ekdahl is a member of the board of directors of Catena Media and also a partner in Optimizer Invest Ltd, one of the main owners of Catena Media. He replaces former CEO Robert Andersson. The Board would like to express its gratitude to Robert for his outstanding efforts and accomplishments.

Robert Andersson is being paid an amount equal to 6 months in accordance with his employment contract and a severance payment corresponding to an additional 6 months salary. The total cost will be declared in the next interim report.

Henrik Persson Ekdahl has broad international experience as a leader and CEO of several companies, including Betsafe and Betsson

Robert Andersson

Robert Andersson

Group. He will now work actively to push Catena Media’s continued growth and to increase shareholder value.

Kathryn Moore Baker, Chairwoman of Catena Media, comments:

“Catena Media has been through several growth stages in a short period of time. Robert Andersson’s assignment was to take the company through an IPO and later to introduce it to Nasdaq Stockholm’s main market, which he did with great results. Now, a new phase starts, which marks a new era in Catena Media’s success going forward. We are very pleased that Henrik Persson Ekdahl will take over as acting CEO. It sets the tone for what we want to achieve in the future. We will continue with our strong growth strategy and look for a permanent CEO in due time.”

Henrik Persson Ekdahl will assume his position as interim CEO with immediate effect.

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NetEnt Games Go Live with National Lottery Bulgaria

Leading online gaming solutions provider NetEnt has announced that its award-winning games are now live and available with National Lottery Bulgaria – the largest gaming operator in the country – marking yet another regulated market entry in Europe for NetEnt.

National Lottery Bulgaria has a strong position in the land-based gambling market, specifically within scratch-cards – the most common type of game in Bulgaria. Following a recent re-regulation in the country, the operator has now introduced an online casino offering for the first time, having NetEnt as exclusive partner.

Chief of European Market Operations and MD of NetEnt Malta Ltd., Enrico Bradamante, commented saying: “Expansion on regulated markets is an important part of our growth strategy and I am very pleased that our popular online games are now live and available in Bulgaria. We look forward to supporting National Lottery Bulgaria in growing their online casino business and I am convinced that their players will enjoy our entertaining premium games.”

Also commenting, National Lottery Bulgaria CEO, Milen Ganev, said: “As a market leader in Bulgaria, National Lottery is always delivering the best possible products to its customers. We recognize NetEnt as a stable partner, producing high quality games fitting perfectly into our gaming concept for entertainment. National Lottery Bulgaria’s customer base has over 2 million registered players and we hope that all of them will enjoy our new product.”

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Mr Green appoints Acting CEO for Technology Company

Stefan Gustafsson has been named as acting Cheif Executive Officer (CEO) of Mr Green & Co Technology company after the departure of Niclas Enhörning.

The former CEO’s departure from Mr Green comes as a result of him making way to start up his own business. Enhörning has served as Chief Executive of the division since 2014.

Enhörning successor Gustafsson has held many senior roles within the IT industry such as Cheif Information Officer at Elon Group, Boxer and Com Hem.

Chief executive of the Mr Green parent company Per Norman stated:

“Niclas Enhörning has successfully led the work of developing our new technology platform, which was launched at the beginning of the year.

“With the new technology platform, we can quickly implement new features and improve the development of our data-driven customer communications.

“Through the technology platform, we have been able to develop a new business strategy which we are now implementing.

“Niclas is planning to start up his own business; I would like to express my appreciation for his work and would like to wish him all the best in his future career.”

Playtech Appoints Armin Sageder as New Playtech BGT Sports CEO

Gambling software development company Playtech has announced that it has appointed Dr. Armin Sageder as CEO of Playtech BGT Sports.

The new division brings together Playtech Sports companies – BGT, Geneity, Unilogic, Mobenga, and Playtech’s internal Sports Trading team, and has over 600 employees based in Nicosia, Malmö, London, Vienna, Bremen, and Sofia.

Reporting to Playtech CEO Mor Weizer, Sageder will take responsibility for all business and customer relations of Playtech BGT Sports, and establish and lead a team to manage the division.

Not only did the new CEO found the online payments company Paysafecard, but he also founded BGT in 2005. Earlier this year, Sageder and his co-shareholder sold a large number of their shares to Playtech. He will remain a 10% shareholder of the Playtech BGT Sports division.

Commenting on his new position, Sageder said that he is very excited about the opportunity, adding: “When combining the BGT team spirit together with the extensive know-how and knowledge of all the great talent that exists across Playtech, we have the opportunity to create a powerhouse for the benefit of our clients and their customers.”

He explained that by doing so, they will invest further in their platforms, products, offering and services and will provide customers with a truly enhanced betting experience and maximize the benefits for their licensees.

He went on to say: “Furthermore, we will continue to provide operators with the expertise and capabilities they expect from Playtech and BGT as well as the relevant tools in order to allow them to differentiate their customer propositions and achieve their strategic goals.”

Weizer also commented: “I am delighted that Armin has accepted this role and I strongly believe he is the best person to take our sports offering to the next level together with the talent we have internally.

“Playtech BGT Sports will provide leading sports betting operators with best-in-class platforms and products as we well as a series of unique Omni-channel solutions that we believe will continue to revolutionize retail and online betting businesses alike.”

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Evolution Gaming Confirms Executive Corporate Restructure

Leading live casino games supplier Evolution Gaming has officially confirmed an executive restructure of its governance and leadership teams.

These changes will see current Chief Executive and Co-Founder Jens von Bahr take on the role of Executive Chairman. Evolution Gaming has informed investors that Joel Citron has stepped down as company Chairman, effective on November 1st. Citron will be taking up a board position with the supplier.

Von Bahr’s promotion to new Chairman sees Evolution Gaming appoint Martin Carlesund as Group CEO. Carlesund joined the games supplier company in June of this year from industry marketing and player acquisition specialist Highlight Media Group, taking on the position of Malta CEO.

Evolution Gaming is also appointing Johan Nordström as Carlesund’s Malta leadership replacement, after having served as President of Asia for international education and learning firm “EF Education First”.

Commenting on the corporate restructure, Jens von Bahr said: “Ever since the IPO, Martin and I have collectively focused on creating an organisation which can take Evolution to the next level. We now have that in place, and Martin is the right person to lead it; which he has proven during his time as CEO of the operational entity.”

He went on to say that: “In the role of Executive Chairman, I will be able to focus fully on the development of our ongoing, successful growth strategy. Among other things, I see the need to increase the time we look at potential acquisitions and strategic partnerships going forward”

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Johan Styren

Johan Styren’s main experience comes from the online and mobile gaming industry. He has a wide experience in building and managing the complete sales funnel for online and mobile including marketing, payments and conversion. With over six years mid-high level management experience and two years at C-level management, Johan Styren’s specialities include:

Online Marketing
Business Development
Mobile
Payments
Betting and Casino
Telecommunications

LeoVegas has quickly come to be market leader in mobile casino for the Swedish market and is now expanding across Europe. There are currently more than 20 employees and growing fast.

As CEO of LeoVegas, Johan Styren’s mission is to create and increase growth in line with aggressive targets set up by the board. This includes managing and overseeing all parts of the business including marketing, business development, customer support, VIP management, customer loyalty and fraud management.

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Francesco Rodano Joins Playtech

Playtech, a gambling software development company, has today announced that former Italian online gaming regulator, Francesco Rodano, has joined the firm’s executive management team as Chief Policy Officer.

Working out of the UK office, Rodano will report to Mor Weizer, the group’s chief executive officer.

Rodano’s new role will see him engaging with policy-makers to advise company executives on governmental policies at local, state, national and EU levels. Rodano will also be tasked with seeking out new business opportunities for Playtech’s growing international presence.

Playtech is set to benefit from over 18 years of experience that Rodano has gained from working with a number of different online businesses, with his last nine years spent at AAMS; the Italian gambling regulatory authority, where he was responsible for managing and leading the country’s online gaming regulation.

While at AAMS, Rodano reformed the Italian regulatory framework and oversaw the introduction of a comprehensive range of regulated online products, including poker in 2008 and casino games in 2011, attracting over 100 licensees to the market.

During his tenure, Italian gross gambling revenue grew to above €800 million, making it Europe’s second largest regulated market, with Italy becoming a successful case study for other regulators whose countries have or are soon to be regulated. In 2008, he was also awarded the IMGL’s Regulator of the Year award.

Since 2012, Rodano has been a member of the European Commission’s Group on Gambling Services, where he supported a draft of the formal initiatives recently adopted by the Commission.

Mor Weizer, CEO at Playtech, said “Thanks to his professional achievements and his personal stature, Francesco has become a highly influential figure in the international online gambling arena. We’re delighted he has chosen to join Playtech and I’m sure he will provide an invaluable contribution to the further growth of the company.”

Francesco Rodano said “After many years spent as a regulator, I’m excited to move to the industry side and to join Playtech at a time when focus on regulated markets is a global priority. Playtech has a talented and respected management team and I am really looking forward to supporting them on public policy matters.”

Erik Bergman

Erik Bergman, CEO of Catena Media will participate in the CEO panel speech about the bright future of affiliate marketing. Catena Media has grown from 3 employees in 2012 to 22 employees in 2014 and aim to keep the same high pace.

“We are reinvesting all our profits in the business and we are constantly looking for other affiliates that might be interesting options for mergers or acquisitions”, describes Erik. In May 2013 the site JohnSlots was founded. Already within its first year it became among the biggest online casino guides in Scandinavia and since then it has kept growing. In early 2014 the twin site of JohnSlots was launched, MrBet with the aim to duplicate the same journey,

“The key to success has been great content, and a lot of it. We have reviewed over 600 games in four different languages that all can be demo played on our sites. We have great relationships with over 75 gaming operators that help us contribute great offers to our visitors. These have been two of the main factors to the rapid growth of our company”, Erik explains further.

888 Holdings appointed Itai Frieberger as new CEO

One of the top gaming companies 888 Holdings has appointed Itai Frieberger as the new Chief Executive Officer.

888 HoldingsFrieberger has been promoted from the position of Chief Operating Officer, which he held since April 2011. In May 2015 he joined the 888 Holdings board.

Chairman Brian Mattingley comments: “Itai has played a vital part in 888’s success to date and has unique market insight and experience to lead the next chapter in 888’s progress.”

“Itai is admired throughout the online gaming industry and has been instrumental in the company’s development in recent years. He is therefore, without doubt, the natural choice to take 888 further forward in the rapidly growing online gaming market.”

Mattingley, who has been the executive chairman since 13 May 2015, will now become a non-executive chairman.

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888 Holdings stand at SiGMA15

 

 

Ulrik Bengtsson appointed CEO and President of Betsson AB

The Board of Directors of Betsson AB has appointed Ulrik Bengtsson as new CEO and President of Betsson AB.
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Ulrik Bengtsson on the cover of SiGMAgazine

Ulrik Bengtsson has extensive experience in digital consumer services and four years of experience in Internet gaming through his role as CEO of Betsson Malta. He will replace Pontus Lindwall who will return to his previous role as working Chairman of the Board.

Lars Linder-Aronson, current Chairman of the Board, will remain on the Board as a member. Ulrik Bengtsson will assume his role as CEO and President on 1 March.

Ulrik has long-standing experience of digital consumer services, including MTG and Viasat. Over the past four years, he has successfully worked as CEO of Betsson’s operational company BML Group Ltd, on Malta. Going forward, Bengtsson will also continue to serve as CEO of BML Group on Malta.

“It will be great to have Ulrik as CEO of the parent company as well, as he knows the entire operations of the Betsson group. Ulrik has played an important role in the development and the execution of the strategies which have resulted in significant value growth for the group,” says Pontus Lindwall, current CEO and President of Betsson AB.

“Ulrik’s knowledge of Betsson bodes for a continued good continuity”, says Lars Linder-Aronson, Chairman of Betsson AB.

“I have been a part of an incredible journey over the past four years with Betsson but I think that we are still only at the start of a structural transformation of the entire industry, which is enabled by a continued transfer of the activity towards online. In my role as CEO and President of Betsson, I will continue to ensure that in the first instance the group focuses on customers, and that innovation takes place where it is important for them. In this way Betsson will continue to gain marketshare. Our strategy to grow both organically and through acquisitions remains” says Ulrik Bengtsson.

Source: Betssonflash.com