flutter entertainment announced on Wednesday that UK and Ireland (UK&I) division CEO Conor Grant resigns And will leave his post before the end of the year. Ian Brown, former CEO of Booking.com’s travel division and senior partner of Oliver Wyman, Will replace Grant.
Brown will join Flutter in September, taking charge of the brands Paddy Power, Sky Betting and Gaming, Betfair and Tombola in the UK and Ireland. Flutter explained that Grant and Brown will work together “to ensure the smooth transition of responsibilities.”
Grant has been in the online gaming industry for over 20 years. He joined Sky Betting & Gaming 12 years ago, where he saw a “hugely successful” period for the company, including its transformational sale to The Stars Group (TSG).
Following Flutter’s merger with TSG two years ago, he led the consolidation of Flutter’s business in the UK and Ireland, That includes managing the business during the pandemic, leading the business response to the UK government’s review of gaming legislation and successfully completing the acquisition of UK bingo operator Tombola.
Peter Jackson, CEO De Flutter Entertainment, Said: “I want to thank Connor for his significant contribution to Flutter. His work on the strategic vision and direction of our business in the UK and Ireland has placed us in a great position for the future, And their passion and determination to put the safety of our customers at the core of everything we do has anchored our industry-leading Play Well strategy.”
“I am delighted to welcome a leader of Ian’s caliber to our executive team. He brings a wealth of experience in running online businesses in a variety of industries including travel, hospitality, business services and financial services,” Jackson said.
According to the CEO of Flutter, Brown has been responsible for “successful transformations” in many large companies, Creating scalable technology platforms and organizations with a deep customer focus on ease, accessibility and security to drive growth, including Booking.com and Rentalcars.com.
Grant commented: “I am extremely proud to lead the UK and Ireland industry at such a critical time for Flutter and the industry in general. Flutter’s market-leading brands, talented team and vision for a safe game company separates. I have no doubt that the business is in good hands and I look forward to seeing it grow steadily and responsibly in the future.”
Ian Brown said: “I have followed the influential story of Flutter and its brands for many years, and am delighted to be joining the UK and Ireland business in September. Spandan has a stellar portfolio of iconic brands and I look forward to helping them develop their leadership position in the online entertainment space.”
This move comes a day after the flutter mark, FanDuel Groupdeclare Two new leadership appointments. With immediate effect on Tuesday, Legal Director, Christian Zanetsky, has been promoted to the position of President; and Marketing Director, Mike Raffensperger was appointed to the newly created position of Chief Commercial Officer.