After more than 20 years in the online gambling industry, Flutter Entertainment plc announced that Conor Grant, CEO of its UK & Ireland division, has resigned and will leave his position before year’s end for a planned career break to spend more time with his family.
In September, Ian Brown, a senior partner at Oliver Wyman and a former CEO of Booking.com’s Trips segment, will join Flutter. Conor’s replacement, Ian, will be in charge of the UK and Ireland-based Paddy Power, Sky Betting and Gaming, Betfair, and Tombola businesses. Conor and Ian will cooperate to make the assignment of duties seamless.
Conor joined Sky Betting & Gaming 12 years ago, and during that time, he oversaw a period of great success for the business, including its historic sale to The Stars Group. Conor has overseen the consolidation of Flutter’s UK&I business since the company merged with TSG two years ago. This includes managing the company through the pandemic, leading the company’s response to the UK Government’s review of gambling legislation, and successfully completing the acquisition of Tombola, the top bingo operator in the UK.
Flutter Entertainment plc’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Jackson, stated:
“I would like to thank Conor for his significant contribution to Flutter. His work on the strategic vision and direction of our UK&I business has set us in great stead for the future, and his passion and determination to put our customers’ safety at the heart of what we do has anchored our industry-leading Play Well strategy. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Conor and will personally miss his sound commercial judgement and keen eye for business opportunities. I’m sorry to see him leave but wish him well for the future.
“I am delighted to welcome a leader of Ian’s calibre to our executive team. He brings with him broad experience leading online businesses from a range of sectors, including travel, hospitality, business services, and financial services. He has been responsible for successful transformations in multiple large businesses, including global brands Booking.com and Rentalcars.com, building scalable tech platforms and organizations with a deep customer focus on ease, accessibility and safety to drive growth.”
Conor Grant said: “I have been immensely proud to lead the UK&I business through such a momentous period for both Flutter and the wider industry. Flutter’s market leading brands, talented team and approach to safer gambling are what sets the business apart. I have no doubt that the business is in good hands and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow sustainably and responsibly into the future.”
Ian Brown added: “I have followed the impressive story of Flutter and its brands for many years now, and I am delighted to be joining the UK&I business in September. Flutter has a fantastic portfolio of iconic brands and I look forward to helping develop their leadership position in the online entertainment space.”
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