Greek gaming content provider Vermantia has strengthened its international management team with a quartet of new hires, including veterans of leading operators and suppliers such as Bally Technologies, Inspired and Gala Coral.

The most senior appointments are Tony Plaskow as head of sales and business development and Richard Clarke as head of licensing and games operation.

Plaskow joins from Bally Technologies, where he spent just over two years as senior director of sales for the supplier’s interactive division. Previously he held sales roles with the likes of IGT, WagerWorks, and GTECH-owned St Minver.

He will be assisted by newly appointed Carlos Silva, who will take on the role of sales director for virtual games - a key area of expansion for Vermantia - with a focus on Europe and Asia. Silva previously served as sales director for Inspired Gaming Group.

Richard Clarke will be tasked with developing innovative casino, lottery and instant games for Vermantia’s online and mobile clients, heading up teams working on design, gameplay and delivery mechanisms in London and Athens. Before taking on the new role he had been working as a consultant, having worked for the likes of software supplier Iforium, Gala Coral and Ladbrokes, where he served as international technology director.

Working under Clarke will be Mohit Chaddah, who takes on the role of gaming technology manager, with responsibility for all technical aspects of Vermantia’s gaming solutions. Chaddah joins from Gala Coral, where he served as mobile solutions manager, having also worked for Kambi and Ladbrokes.

Commenting on the new hires, Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos said he was delighted to welcome the quartet of “experienced industry professionals” to the company.

“We strongly believe that talent drives growth, and we believe these gentlemen to be hugely talented,” he continued. “The collaborative environment and innovative spirit of our team will allow them to participate in our company’s vision and help us carve a niche for Vermantia in the global gaming market.”

In related news, Vermantia has expanded its range of virtual sports games with the launch of a new fixed-odds betting game, Cycling.

The game offers a range of simple and complex bet types and a virtual velodrome and dynamic lighting designed to create as realistic a game as possible, the company said. It is based around a 2km track cycling sprint format called keirin sprints.

The launch is the first in a planned roll-out which will also include the release of a table tennis product by the end of the month. This will be followed by a virtual sports game based on the popular US Nascar series and a badminton game in November.

Head of virtual games for Vermantia, Vasilis Zoupas, said the new cycling game would appeal to potential clients and customers in the Asian market, due to the popularity of the sport in the region, and allow the supplier to grow its international virtual gaming footprint.

“Vermantia is already a trusted partner for Virtual games in licensed gaming markets of Europe and Latin America,” Zoupas added.

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