OPAP SA has named James Curwen as its new Chief Online Officer, who will be in charge of the company’s new digital strategy.
Curwen will succeed incumbent Petr Matejovsky, who is poised to leave the company after seven years in charge of the online operations of the Greek national lottery and sports betting operator.
Curwen has worked in the gambling sector for almost 30 years, including senior positions in online gambling businesses including William Hill and Superbet, as well as executive leadership roles at tier-1 operators like Ladbrokes.
Curwen is a “well-respected senior leader with the ability to motivate and develop others to consistently achieve excellence, maintain the highest standards and deliver results,” according to OPAP, which announced his crucial recruitment.
Curwen joins the OPAP senior management team as the business expands its online gaming business by completing the acquisition of Kaizen Gaming’s Stoiximan and Betano brands.
Matejovsky’s departure from the company was noted by OPAP, which stated: “The company would like to thank Petr for his significant contribution to OPAP’s progress under his roles, as Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Customer Officer and Chief Online Officer, and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”
OPAP released its financial results for the first quarter of 2021 earlier this month, with CEO Jan Karas citing a record quarter for internet revenue while retail revenue remains impacted by the pandemic.