Interview: OpenBet CEO targets investment after Greek deal

Interview: OpenBet CEO targets investment after Greek deal

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Jeremy Thompson-Hill is encouraged by the ATC purchase

Jeremy Thompson-Hill, chief executive of OpenBet, has told TotallyGaming.com that the company’s recent acquisition of its outsourced Greek operation, Athens Technology Center (ATC,) will enable it to increase investment in products and innovation across the company.

Under the agreement, the Greek business unit will now be integrated into the interactive gaming and betting solutions firm as ‘OpenBet Hellas’.

The acquisition will enable OpenBet to increase its overall headcount by 25 per cent, with the additional staff being appointed to development roles across the company.

Opening up to TotallyGaming.com about the agreement, Thompson-Hill said the move will also enable the company to significantly strengthen other parts of the business.

“The acquisition of ATC allows us to boost our investment in products and innovation across the company, delivering increased lifetime player values and maintaining a best-in-class player experience for current and future clients,” Thompson-Hill said.

“We have now been able to create an additional hub in Greece that perfectly supports our global business. Athens is a centre of excellence for software development and the country fits us in terms of culture and timezone.

“The acquisition provides us with a platform for further growth both in the UK and abroad. Bringing our Greek operation in-house enables us to better serve global customers with the high-level expertise that OpenBet is known for.”

Thompson-Hill also said the acquisition marks a key point in OpenBet’s longer-term growth plans, stating that the firm has set itself a number of “ambitious” targets.

“We have ambitious plans for growth, while ensuring we continue to deliver that best-in-class player experience,” Thompson-Hill said. “Our customers require flexibility; quality and the resource to enable a faster time to market and OpenBet is focused on delivering and meeting these needs for our customers.

“In March, we announced a recruitment drive to increase our headcount by 10 per cent. We’ll continue to build up our talent pool and this significant recruitment drive will enable us to do this, bringing in new people with new ideas, which are vital for the success of the business.

“We’re also leading the way in omni-channel development – we are committed to developing the right technology that enables our operators to deliver a true omni-channel experience of the right product, at the right time for the right person. It starts with a one account and then is about delivering solutions that enable the maximum potential of products and channels.”

Thompson-Hill added: “This deal concludes the plan originally set out – to provide a market-leading development resource that is immediately scalable and supports OpenBet’s need to efficiently recruit the right level of talent.

“This acquisition gives us a significant advantage in continuing to serve our customer effectively and to a high level.”

 

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