SKS365 names Alexander Martin as new chief executive

13 December 2019

Italy-facing retail and online gaming operator SKS365 has appointed Gauselmann Group executive Alexander Martin as its new chief executive, with former Sportingbet and Jackpotjoy Group CEO Andrew McIver named non-executive chairman.

Martin previously spent four years with the German gaming giant, as chief new media officer and an executive board member, between 2014 and 2018. Before taking on those roles, he spent fifteen years as a management consultant for consultancy giant A.T Kearney.

The SKS365 board said it was “delighted” that Martin had agreed to become its new CEO.

“Alexander will be responsible for driving SKS365 through the next phase, building on the solid foundation and momentum achieved by the SKS365 employees under the current leadership team,” it said.

“His expertise in retail, online, global strategy and leadership combined with his strong industry knowledge and energy, make him ideally suited to further accelerate SKS365’s growth.”

Martin added that he was “honoured and proud” to become the business’ first permanent CEO since previous incumbent Ian McLoughlin stepped down in January this year.

"With the team of professionals, we will work to improve our excellent market position by growing our product and customer experience,” Martin said. “I am delighted to factor all the experience that I gained in the field in a moment that is crucial for the company’s expansion.”

The business’ new executive chair, McIver, joins following a two-year stint at Jackpotjoy - now renamed Gamesys Group - and seven years leading Sportingbet.

“Andrew is a highly successful and well-regarded business leader who brings an unparalleled breadth of experience in leadership roles in the gaming industry,” the board said. “With his experience, expertise and vision, Andrew is uniquely qualified to support the management team to continue the exceptional growth of SKS365.”

McIver commented: "I have built my career in the gaming industry and I am delighted to say that this role will afford me the opportunity to work with Alexander and his management team and play an instrumental part in the growth of this business at an exciting time in its history.”

SKS365, via its PlanetWin365 brand, accounted for 5.7% of Italian online casino revenue in October, and 11.9% of combined retail and online sportsbook revenue.