Athens-listed lottery and gaming solutions provider Intralot has appointed former Microsoft executive Michael Kogeler as its new group chief operating officer.

Kogeler joins Intralot after 14 years at Microsoft, where he most recently served as general manager for Central and Eastern Europe.

During his tenure with the technology giant he also served as chief operating and marketing officer for the Middle East and Africa, general manager for consumer and online in Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as in business strategy roles.

He begins his new role on May 2nd with responsibility for overseeing Intralot's business operations around the world, its relationships with partners and customers, as well as managing its trading operations.

His appointment follows an extensive international search for a replacement for Nikos Nikolakopoulos, who moved from the COO role to become the company's chief commercial officer in January.

"I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr Kogeler and wish him success in his new role as part of our senior management and member of the Executive Committee," Intralot group chief executive Antonios Kerastaris said.

"Michael brings to our company enormous experience and expertise from international markets and a broader understanding of modern technological trends in the era of digital transformation," Kerastaris explained. "His knowledge will help us tremendously upgrade the way we integrate best practices in our model to fully serve our clients and make our operations around the world more profitable and efficient."

Shares in Intralot SA (ASE:INLOT) were trading down 0.34 per cent at €1.16 per share in Athens Thursday morning.

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