CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A proven operator in the sector, Daniel Burns serves as a board advisor to 888 and has helped see numerous industry deals to completion, most recently Gamesys’ acquisition of Virgin Games. With such a strong industry background it is unsurprising that he is serving as a consultant for Rational Group as it looks to launch a casino offering. Burns is simply one of the most influential people working in online gaming.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, FRANCE
Marc Guigo is one of Betclic Everest’s longest-serving employees, having joined the business shortly after it was founded. After a difficult period, the company’s recovery has coincided with his role managing the business’ core French market, where he has consolidated its place as the leading sportsbook operator despite international and domestic competition. Should he manage to leapfrog PMU in France’s poker rankings, Betclic Everest could be set for a transformational year.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Matthew Katz has established CAMS as the number one payment processor in the US market. CAMS was the first online payments supplier to get a Nevada supplier licence and one of the first to be registered in New Jersey. Katz has outsold all comers, snaring a number of high-profile customers in the run-up to New Jersey opening. He also added extra credibility and experience by hiring former Nevada Gaming Control Board chair Mark Lipparelli as a special advisor.
HEAD OF LADBROKES, ISRAEL
Mark Lauterstein is arguably under more pressure than any other individual in this list, taking charge of a project that feels increasingly make-or-break for CEO Richard Glynn. Not only is he looking to lead a transformation similar to the one enjoyed by bitter rivals William Hill, he is doing so at a time when years of missteps and false dawns see Ladbrokes lagging far behind their major online competitors.
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Uri Levy’s role in the rise and rise of Playtech cannot be understated. Levy has a key role in deciding the strategy of Playtech as the main man (along with CEO Mor Weizer) behind the company’s M&A and major joint ventures. That has included the acquisitions of GTS, Ash Gaming, Mobenga and Geneity and joint ventures such as those with William Hill and now Ladbrokes. Levy’s key strength is finding a solution to any given gap in Playtech’s armoury. As such, he is one of the industry’s most influential voices.
With European operators looking to Latin America as the World Cup in Brazil approaches, BetMotion will be a leading local competitor. Peter Nolte is the driving force behind BetMotion as the company’s director and majority shareholder. He’s proved there’s scope to grow a viable gaming business despite many high profile European operators failing in the region.
HEAD OF INTERACTIVE
Codere barely survived 2013 after a refinancing deal with asset management firms in June secured the company’s immediate future, but it is betting big on interactive and Latin America. Fernando Ors will be expected to fulfil the company’s iGaming ambitions as it makes a huge investment in Spanish-speaking markets. The former business development director has a big job on his hands.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF B2C
888’s B2B successes have grabbed the headlines this year and it may be set for huge growth in the US but its core B2C business provides the platform for such developments. B2C chief Itai Pazner has overseen a fantastic period of growth after 888 went back to basics and focused on B2C two years ago.
DIRECTOR OF MOBILE
CEO Ralph Topping is determined to establish Hills as the market-leading mobile gaming operator and Juergen Reutter is the man he’s picked to make that happen. While mobile sportsbook revenues comprise 41 per cent of revenues for the vertical, Topping has stated that progress is not fast enough. There is a degree of pressure on Reutter to address this.