Sportech has confirmed that Ian Hogg, chief operating officer of its consumer-facing business, has decided to leave the company as a result of the reduction of activity in the UK following the sale of the loss-making Vernons online gaming business last year.

Hogg was appointed to the Sportech board in October 2010, taking up the role of COO of the company’s consumer-facing business, where was responsible for the development of Sportech's football pools business and all e-Gaming operations.

Prior to joining Sportech, he served as a founding shareholder and managing director of UK retail betting operator Better between 2005 and 2009, which he built up to an estate of 44 shops and then merged with the Jennings betting shop chain.

From 1998 to 2004, he was the director of online at Arena Leisure and was seconded for 18 months as managing director of At The Races. He was also chairman of the Fox Poker Club until its sale to Genting.

In its results for 2013 released this morning, Sportech said that as consequence of the increase in the company’s activities overseas and the reduction of activity in the UK following the sale of the loss-making Vernons brand to NetPlay TV last October, Hogg has decided to leave the group.

He is expected to step down at, or before, the end of the year for personal reasons as he does not wish to increase his duties overseas, the company said.

Following the disposal of its e-Gaming business, Sportech has refocused management and finalised a new divisional structure, establishing three key divisions; Sportech Racing and Digital, Sportech Venues, and UK Football Pools.

Sportech Racing and Digital combines the former Sportech Racing, Sportech Interactive Products and Services and also eBet, in order to create one cohesive, larger division to provide all terrestrial, online and mobile betting technology products to its customers. This division is managed by Andrew Gaughan.

The Sportech Venues business, operating Connecticut's exclusive betting operations in retail venues, on the telephone and now online at MyWinners.com, is led by Ted Taylor, while the company’s UK Football Pools business is led by Conleth Byrne.

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