Athens Listed OPAP Confirms Jan Karas Permanent CEO

Jan Karas as its permanent chief executive, effective from January, has been confirmed by Athens-listed lottery and gaming operator OPAP.

In June, following Damian Cope’s departure after four years in charge, Karas took over as interim CEO and had previously served as chief commercial officer of OPAP.

OPAP executive chairman Kamil Ziegler said: “On behalf of the board of directors I would like to congratulate Jan Karas for assuming the CEO role.

“During the past period, Jan had been serving as OPAP’s acting CEO, contributing significantly to the company’s business initiatives and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the relevant restrictive measures.

“We are looking forward to continue working with him, in his new capacity, in order to implement OPAP’s strategic objectives and address the challenges related to the recovery from the pandemic crisis and I am confident that with the support of all of us, Jan and OPAP’s highly qualified top management team together with all our esteemed colleagues will continue delivering long-term value for the company’s shareholders, people, partners and all other stakeholders.”

Shares in OPAP SA (ATH:OPAP) traded 1.63 percent higher on Friday morning at EUR 10.63 per share in Athens.