With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, Boylesports, Pretty Technical, and Real Luck Group, all feature in our latest rundown of a number of recent manoeuvres.
Real Luck Group
Real Luck Group, the managing company of esports wagering platform Luckbox, has confirmed the appointment of Bo Wänghammar as a Non-Executive Director of its board.
Wänghammar joins the company having worked for several global igaming operators in leadership roles. He was previously the Director of International Projects and Managing Director of Casino at PokerStars, and the CEO and Business Development Director at Mr Green.
Thomas Rosander, Real Luck Group CEO, said: “I am thrilled a seasoned operator such as Bo will be joining our board. This is an exciting stage for the company as we look to scale our user acquisition efforts and revenues and I believe his experience and guidance will be invaluable to Real Luck’s growth strategy.
“His track record speaks for itself, as during his time as Director of Casino at PokerStars, he oversaw the doubling of revenues to more than $500m, growing the casino vertical to outperform the core poker offering.
“During Mr Wänghammar’s time at Mr Green the business grew quickly and achieved strong profitability and we believe he was instrumental in refactoring the technical infrastructure to launch a portfolio of award-winning products.”
Pretty Technical has appointed Emma Blaylock as Chief Executive Officer, in a bid to ‘accelerate’ the firm’s products and services.
Blaylock joins the company from within the Rokker Network, with her most recent role on the Senior Consulting Team as Head of Rokker Advisory.
Andre Marenke, Pretty Technical’s Founder, noted: “Emma’s appointment is a clear message that we are committed to further developing the business in line with our strategic plan and to build on the success of our first 2 years as a fully remote technology provider in the gambling industry.
“Emma’s experience in strategic growth, financial development and leadership of technology businesses will have an immediate positive impact on Pretty Technical’s future. Personally, I am delighted to be able to support her vision as part of the technical leadership going forward.”
BoyleSports confirmed to media that Mark Kemp has chosen to step down as Chief Executive of the Irish bookmaker.
Kemp is understood to be leaving the Dundalk business, to take an executive position within the new sportsbook division of DAZN – the multi-billion-pound financed streaming platform backed by Sir Leonard Blavatnik’s Access Industries fund.
The decision sees Kemp leave BoyleSports less than a year into his leadership tenure. The former Managing Director of the UK Tote Group, he had joined BoyleSports last summer to replace Conor Grey as CEO.
The Racing Post reported that company founder John Boyle will “return to an executive role within the business,” supported by predecessor Conor Grey who took charge of BoyleSports ongoing international expansion plans last year.
British Horseracing Authority
British Horseracing Authority Chair Annamarie Phelps is due to step down from her role at the sporting body at the close of her term in May.
The former Olympic rower will be replaced by Independent Non-Executive Director Joe Saumarez Smith, who will hold the responsibility until the end of his term on the BHA board in September 2023.
Smith currently serves as Chair of the Gambling Strategy Group, Chief Executive of online gaming management consultancy Sports Gaming, Chair of sports betting, casino, lottery and bingo platform Bede Gaming and part-time Shareholder Director of slots company Eyas Gaming.
“On behalf of the BHA Board, I would like to express my thanks to Annamarie, who has brought a broad perspective from other sports to the BHA Board table,” Saumarez Smith remarked.
“During her time as Chair, she has laid the groundwork for significant change across the industry in a number of areas, and helped us navigate a series of challenging issues, not least the coronavirus pandemic and the BHA’s own governance.
“The agreement of a number of core governance principles is potentially a defining moment for the industry. I look forward to continuing to work with Annamarie until the conclusion of her term.”