Australian lotteries and betting operator Tabcorp has revealed that Mandy Ross is to step down as its chief information officer in order to take up the role of chief digital officer with Griffith University in Brisbane.
Ross has been CIO since the merger of Tabcorp and Tatts Group in December 2017, prior to which she served in the same role at Tatts for just over three years.
She will remain at Tabcorp until taking up her new position at the university in April 2020. In her last few months with the operator, Ross will continue to oversee the final stage of Tabcorp’s technology integration program and also the embedding the technology strategies.
Following the Tabcorp-Tatts merger, she has been widely praised in the industry for her handling of such a large scale technology project.
“This was a very difficult decision for Mandy to make but allows her to follow her passion in the higher education sector,” a Tabcorp spokesperson said in a statement issued to iGamingBusiness.com. “Managing a Brisbane-based team will also make it easier for Mandy to spend more time with her family.”
Ross started at Tatts in February 2014 as head of technology transformation and process improvement, having joined the company from Intrepica, a start-up that offers gamified online learning resources to children.
Earlier in her career, Ross spent over nine years with Wotif Group, an Australian business that provides reservation at hotels around the world. Ross started out as manager for business analysis in October 2003, before becoming CIO in July 2007.
Confirmation of Ross’s departure comes after Tabcorp last month entered into a major partnership with North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA).
Under the multi-year deal, Tabcorp will serve as an authorised sports betting operator of the NBA in Australia and use official NBA league marks on its various platforms.
The partnership will also bring NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, to Tabcorp’s Sky Channel in more than 4,400 TAB retail and entertainment sites across Australia.