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Allwyn brings in former Bally’s executive Evans as new CTO

| By Robert Fletcher
Allwyn has appointed Ifor Evans, formerly of Bally’s Corporation, as its new group chief technology officer with effect from 1 June.
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Evans replaces Tony Khatskevich, who is moving to an advisory role, working with the Allwyn board and CEO Robert Chvátal.

An experienced executive, Evans joins Allwyn after five years as group CTO at Bally’s. Prior to this, he worked in the same position at Gamesys, which was acquired by Bally’s in October 2021.

Earlier in his career, Evans worked in similar roles at Alibaba/Lazada Group and PropertyGuru Singapore. He also spent time as head of development for platform at Betfair.

“I’m delighted to have been appointed as group CTO of Allwyn,” Evans said. “The company’s commitment to social impact is evident across its global footprint. 

“I look forward to helping the team to develop even better lotteries and new game formats through the power of cutting-edge technology and future thinking.”

Allwyn CEO welcomes Evans’ “excellent track record”

Chvátal also welcomed the appointment. He said Evans has an excellent track record of delivering technology solutions across the gaming and IT sector.

“He has exceptional strategic capabilities, proven operational effectiveness and strong experience in our markets.”

In addition, Chvátal took time to thank Khatskevich, who joined the business from Playtech in September 2018.

“He played a pivotal role in establishing a strong technology function for Allwyn,” Chvátal said. “He conceived and led technology initiatives that have helped to drive innovation across the group. 

“I’m very pleased that we will continue to benefit from Tony’s wisdom, knowledge, ideas and warm personality in his new role. He will continue to help us to fulfil our business growth and ambitions.”

Allwyn set for €2.00bn revenue in Q1

The appointment comes after Allwyn this week revealed it expects to post Q1 revenue of more than €2.00bn (£1.70bn/$2.17bn) when it publishes its first quarterly results since becoming the UK’s National Lottery licensee.

Allwyn said gross gaming revenue for the period to 31 March 2024 could reach €2.05bn. The lower range of €2bn is still almost $500m more than the Q1 figure during 2023.

The group acquired UK National Lottery operator Camelot in March 2023 and became the UK National Lottery licensee on 1 February 2024. The acquisition helped Allwyn to achieve a 97.5% surge in revenue in 2023, totalling €7.87bn.

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