Athens-listed gaming operator and solutions provider Intralot has called in former Codere executive Fernando Ors Villarejo to lead its sports betting business in the United States.

Villarejo has been appointed as president of sports betting at Intralot Inc., the company’s US subsidiary, after 17 years with Spanish gaming operator Codere, where he most recently served as CEO of Codere Interactive.

He assumes responsibility for Intralot’s sports betting product and operations across the US.

“In the new era of Sports Betting in the USA, Fernando will be our key person for opening up this immense new opportunity for Intralot, with end to end responsibility on the Sports Betting product and operations in the USA,” said Antonios Kerastaris, Intralot group chief executive.

“Sports Betting in the US in the post PASPA era is a major source of potential future revenue and profits for Intralot and we intend to dedicate considerable amount of effort and resources to turn this opportunity into a great success for our company.”

Shares in Intralot SA (ATH:INLOT) were trading 0.20 per cent down at €0.50 per share in Athens Tuesday morning.