PADDY POWER HAS announced five senior management appointments

PADDY POWER HAS announced five senior management appointments in order to facilitate what it termed “the continued delivery of its business and development strategy”.

The Dublin-based firm revealed that Breon Corcoran is set to leave as its Chief Operating Officer in order to take up the reins at rival Betfair and stated that these most recent appointments come in addition to the naming of Christian Woolfenden from Bacardi as its new Marketing Director.

“Our strong growth in recent years has been driven by a great management team and we continually invest in strengthening that team,” said Patrick Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer for Paddy Power.

“These new appointments from within our ranks, allied to the hiring of external expertise from other industries, will enable
us to continue to drive the business forward and sustain our success for many years to come.”

The first of these appointments will see Peter O’Donovan assume the post of Online and Technology Managing Director for Paddy Power with overall responsibility for all online and technology operations with the exception of Sportsbet in Australia. O’Donovan joined the Irish firm in 2002 and held several senior management positions before being named as Head of Online in 2009.

In addition, Sandra Thorpe has been recruited to handle human resources for Paddy Power’s Online and Corporate divisions as its Online and Corporate Human Resources Director. Thorpe previously held roles that included European Operations Head of Human
Resources for Microsoft and Organisational Development Vice-President for the New York and London branches of Citibank and she was also a partner at a consultancy firm Level 4.

A third appointment will see Christopher Coyne become the Head of with responsibility for all of Paddy Power’s online sportsbook and iGaming and operations. Coyne joined the Irish firm in 2008 to work as its Head of iGaming and has past experience as Head of Propositions and Marketing for BT’s Consumer Division and Head of Marketing for the John Lewis Partnership.
In North America, Eamonn Toland has been named as President for Paddy Power’s operations and finally, the firm’s Head of Games, Aine Cuddihy, has been named as Head of Investor Relations.
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