Rank Group has strengthened its iGaming team with the appointment of former NYX Gaming Group executive Leon Thomas as chief operating officer of its digital bingo brands.

Thomas will be responsible for driving the growth of online bingo brands such as Mecca and Enracha. He will play a key role in executing on Rank’s strategy to become the UK’s leading multi-channel gambling business, the operator said.

Thomas has worked in a number of roles within the gaming industry, and joins after short spells at Caesars Interactive and NYX Gaming Group. He joined NYX as managing director of US operations in August last year, following a short stint as vice president and general manager of regulated online gaming for Caesars Interactive.

He previously served as managing director of UK bingo operator Tombola, where he helped establish the brand in the Italian and Spanish markets. He has also served as director of regulatory compliance and head of risk operations for bwin.party.

“I am delighted that Leon will be joining the team,” Rank chief executive Henry Birch said. “Rank is already one of the industry leaders in digital bingo, and with Leon’s wealth of experience, I am confident that he will help us to take our digital based bingo, in the UK and internationally, to the next level, giving our customers a seamless multi-channel experience.”

Thomas added that he was excited to join Rank at what he believes to be an exciting time in the company’s evolution.

“Rank has fantastic assets and brands and has the potential to substantially grow its digital bingo business both in the UK and internationally,” he said.

He begins his new role with Rank today (February 24th) and will report to managing director of Mecca Bingo Martin Pugh.

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