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Hong Kong Jockey Club appoints Fitzsimons to lead wagering business

| By Robert Fletcher
The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has announced the appointment of Michael Fitzsimons as its new executive director for wagering products.
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Fitzsimons will begin his new role on 1 September and assume responsibility for leading and driving the HKJC’s wagering business, overseeing horse racing and football betting, as well as the Mark 6 lottery.

The role will also include Fitzsimons leading the organisation’s international commingling business and China Sports Lottery co-operation development.

In addition, Fitzsimons will become a member of the HKJC board and report directly to chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges.

Fitzsimons has been with the HKJC since February 2021, serving as its director of trading with responsibility for the Football Trading Department.

Prior to this, Fitzsimons spent more than six years with The Stars Group, now part of Flutter Entertainment. His roles included director of international trading and operations for the BetStars, Fox Bet and Sky Bet International businesses, as well as department head for commercials.

Fitzsimons also worked as trading director for Gambit Research for over two years, while he was a director at Sporting Hedges, trading manager for Cantor Fitzgerald and a trader at Spreadex.

“With his extensive knowledge of sports betting and the application of artificial intelligence to trading, Mr Fitzsimons will help sustain the growth and development of the club’s wagering business,” the HKJC said.

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