Sports broadcaster and data supplier Satellite Information Services (SIS) has hired former William Hill and Sportingbet product specialist Marc Thomas as head of product.

Thomas has joined to spearhead a drive to develop and market new services and solutions for SIS’ online bookmaker partners, with the expansion of the service provider’s product range designed to help SIS acquire new customers.

Commenting on his appointment he said there were “hundreds” of gaming operators that would be interested in SIS' existing products as well as the new data and streaming solutions it will develop.

“There are clearly lots of passionate, knowledgeable people here and much of what we do is fantastic,” Thomas added.

He explained that the SIS team had the core skills to make inroads into the iGaming sector, and that it would use its market-leading position in the retail sector as a foundation to create a market-leading online product suite.

“I was sold on the vision at SIS and what their aim is,” Thomas said. “We definitely have the expertise and the people here to make some big strides.”

Thomas has worked with a variety of leading operators in the online gaming sector, but most recently worked for sports and media business IMG Worldwide.

He spent just under five years at Sportingbet, joining in December 2008 as head of sportsbook, before becoming head of product development, and left in June 2013 following the company’s acquisition by William Hill and GVC Holdings.

He also spent just under a year as sportsbook marketing director for 888, and served as exchange product manager for Betfair.

Before joining Betfair he spent twelve years at William Hill, rising through the ranks to the position of sportsbook product manager, before leaving trhe role in September 2006.

In related news Richard Ames, who served as interim managing director of commerce and operations for SIS, has left the company to join model manufacturer Hornby as chief executive.

After holding roles for the likes of supermarket chain Asda, electronics manufacturer Philips and electronics retailer Dixons Stores Group, he joined Ladbrokes as managing director of UK and Irish retail.  Ames held the role for six years, before spending almost two years as managing director of product for the operator, leaving in November 2012.

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