Malta-licensed iGaming platform provider Relax Gaming has hired Kindred Group's Daniel Eskola as its new chief executive.

Eskola will begin his new role on April 1st after leaving the Stockholm-listed operator, where he has worked since 2010.

He most recently held the role of chief product officer, and chief operating officer for Kindred's Malta business, having previously served as the operator's head of gaming and head of poker.

As a result of this hiring, Relax co-founder and current CEO Patrik Österåker is to become chairman of the supplier's board. As chair Österåker will focus on developing the company's growth strategy.

"I'm delighted that Daniel has agreed to become our CEO and we look forward to harnessing his product, commercial, and operational expertise to take the company to a new level,"Österåker said. "Daniel shares our company values and vision and I'm certain he will be an excellent fit in the team.

"For myself and the company the appointment of a new CEO represents a natural and welcome transition after eight years at the helm," he explained. "During that time, Relax has built a solid foundation that is now ripe for exponential scaling, and I'm excited to leave this responsibility in the hands of our prominent executive management team with Daniel as captain."

Eskola is the latest high-profile industry executive to join Relax in 2018, with Simon Hammon joining from NetEnt as chief product officer and former Mr Green head of casino appointed head of account management.

"I have followed Relax Gaming closely since its inception. I'm incredibly excited to be joining a fantastic team and at being part of the exciting journey in the upcoming years," Eskola said of his new role. "I'm very confident that we can leverage their market-leading tech platform across casino, poker, and bingo in order to benefit the company and all its partners."

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