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OpenBet announces Debra Krupinski as VP Commercial – US

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OpenBet, a global leader in betting entertainment, has appointed Debra Krupinski as its VP Commercial – US, demonstrating the company’s commitment for securing further growth in the region throughout 2023 and beyond.

Krupinski is a seasoned gaming and business executive having spent over 10 years in the industry, accumulating extensive experience across commercial operations, finance and analytics, while maintaining strong relationships with operators.

Before joining OpenBet, Krupinski worked at West Monroe Partners where she led the Corporate Transformation Practice, driving value creation through operational efficiencies, revenue acceleration and delivering new opportunities from cross-sell and upsell within its current customer base.

Previously, she enjoyed a successful career with Scientific Games and WMS Gaming, including the development of robust commercial strategies and execution plans, building and implementing the company’s Insights and Analytics team, and most recently leading its global Gaming Operations business.

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In her new position, Krupinski will play a key role in driving OpenBet’s commercial opportunities across the US as the market continues to grow with an increasing number of states seeking regulatory approval.

OpenBet already holds a strong position in North America with leading operators choosing to deploy its technology, content and services, including Betfred, BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel.

This latest appointment further demonstrates the company’s strategic plans to expand its workforce, as it aims to take sports betting entertainment into a new era as part of global sports and entertainment leader Endeavor, which acquired OpenBet in 2022.

Krupinski said: “I am delighted to be joining OpenBet as VP Commercial for the US in what I expect to be an exciting challenge. It’s a real privilege to work alongside such a talented team and be part of a company which holds such high standards and is the global partner of choice for many of the biggest brands in the industry.

“OpenBet continues to deliver world-class content, advanced technology and tailored services to its partners across the globe, and in my new position, I intend to utilize the incredible product offering available to carry on growing the commercial success seen across multiple US markets.”

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Cathryn Lai, Chief Commercial Officer of OpenBet, said: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome Debra to the OpenBet family.  As the new year gets underway, we are confident we will see an increase in commercial activity in the US with our reputation for delivering an unrivalled betting experience via our technology, content and services in high demand, and Debra is perfectly positioned to drive growth and success in this area.”

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Great Canadian Entertainment Appoints Pauline Alimchandani as CFO

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Great Canadian Entertainment has announced that it has appointed Pauline Alimchandani as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 31, 2024, subject to customary regulatory approvals. At that time current CFO Darren Gwozd will step down from the role. Ms. Alimchandani will be responsible for overseeing the Company’s finance organization.

“I am delighted to welcome Pauline to our exceptional senior management team. Her extensive public company experience and deep record of successful leadership roles in finance, capital markets and financial reporting, will be immensely valuable as we continue to remain focused on delivering long-term growth and creating value for our stakeholders in a socially responsible way. I look forward to her contributions,” Matthew Anfinson, Chief Executive Officer of Great Canadian, said.

“Darren has been a valuable member of our Finance team for more than six years and has helped lead our organization through a transformational period. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the senior management team, and Great Canadian’s team members, we want to thank Darren for his many years of leadership,” Mr. Anfinson added.

“I am very excited to join Great Canadian and see significant opportunity to build upon the Company’s strong financial and operational foundation, while developing capabilities that further establish the Company’s competitive advantage,” Ms. Alimchandani said.

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Prior to joining Great Canadian, Ms. Alimchandani was Chief Financial Officer for Northland Power, where she oversaw a large global team across several key functions and chaired the organization’s Investment Committee. Ms. Alimchandani has over 18 years of professional experience, previously having served in roles that included Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dream Unlimited Corp, Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Dream, and Vice President, Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets. In 2020, she was awarded one of Canada’s 50 Best Executives by the Report on Business/Globe and Mail and in 2022, she was awarded Canada’s Clean 50, which is noted as being Canada’s top sustainability award.

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Clarion Gaming Digital Expands North American Reach with Global Gaming Business Acquisition

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iGaming Business (iGB) parent company Clarion Gaming Digital has acquired Global Gaming Business (GGB) as it accelerates its growth strategy across North America.

The purchase includes GGB magazine’s annual publications Casino Style, Tribal Government Gaming and Progressive Products Preview (P3) as well as its online assets including GGB News.

It will extend the digital publishing business’ global reach as the North American market enters a crucial phase, providing clients with access to a significantly bigger audience through its range of marketing services products.

Founded in 2002, GGB is trusted title with a reach beyond sports betting and iGaming into commercial and tribal gaming. It bolsters Clarion Gaming Digital’s ability to provide a comprehensive range of news, analysis and data to every sector of the industry.

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The acquisition is a cornerstone of a wider multimillion pound investment to enhance Clarion Gaming Digital’s data and audience development.

“This is a major milestone for our digital business as we unlock the benefits of our investment,” the Managing Director for Clarion Gaming, Alex Pratt, said. “We are acquiring a business with deep industry heritage and with it the opportunity to build on its solid foundations in the United States.”

The B2B Global Content Director for Clarion Gaming Digital, Robin Harrison, said the acquisition came amid changes to state regulations as well as new land-based and online developments across the United States and Canada.

“We are delighted to seal this deal, which brings in new industry expertise to the team, expands our reach and consolidates our presence in a crucial region,” Harrison said. “We will build an offering that acts as the final word on key industry developments and GGB’s authority and relationships takes us a step closer to that goal.”

“We have had lengthy discussions with Clarion Gaming Digital in recent years and believe it shares our passion and vision for serving our readership in a way that will maintain the quality of the publications for decades to come,” the publisher and Chief Executive Officer for Casino Connection International LLC, the parent of GGB, Roger Gros, said. “As the gaming industry continues to grow in many different ways, our relationship with Clarion will make certain that our pivotal role in the industry remains unchanged and we can continue our important work going forward.”

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Clarion Gaming Digital plans to further accelerate its North American expansion by leveraging unique partnerships on offer through the wider Clarion Events portfolio such as the DigitalPlay Summit at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention over April 10 to 11.

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ReactivAction Limited Partners with Fast Track to Underpin Growth Strategy, Starting with the Brazilian Market

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ReactivAction Limited, an ambitious new player in the iGaming industry offering online casino games and sports betting, has gone live with Fast Track, marking a strategic move to cement a stronghold across multiple markets, starting with Brazil.

This partnership not only marks a dynamic alliance but also a ground-breaking integration of Fast Track with Altenar’s renowned player account management (PAM) platform. This innovative collaboration highlights Fast Track’s exceptional ability to seamlessly integrate with various leading iGaming systems, further cementing its position as the industry’s most versatile and adaptable CRM solution provider.

With plans to expand beyond Brazil into Canada, New Zealand and Ireland through a second brand, ReactivAction Limited was on the lookout for a long-term partner that not only understands its growth trajectory but is also a critical driving force behind its growth. By leveraging Fast Track’s state-of-the-art AI-driven tools, lifecycle automation and real-time data analytics, ReactivAction Limited is poised to elevate its player engagement and retention strategies. This advanced technology empowers ReactivAction Limited to customize communications, personalised promotions and bonuses, aligning them with individual preferences and behaviours for a more tailored and engaging gaming experience.

“We were looking for a platform that sets us up for success from day one, making it possible to execute and automate the entire retention strategy, a system that could scale and mould around our expansion and provide solutions to our unique challenges,” the Director for ReactivAction Limited, Leone Stranges, said. “Fast Track’s lifecycle templates, real-time capabilities and experience within the industry made it a straightforward choice.”

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“We are always excited at the prospect of empowering a forward-thinking operator through our platform,” the founder and Chief Executive Officer for Fast Track, Simon Lidzen, said. “We look forward to a fruitful long-term relationship to support ReactivAction Limited’s growth trajectory as it expands its brand into new markets.”

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