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SharedPlay hires Playtech’s Turbatu as new CTO

| By Robert Fletcher
SharedPlay, a startup that allows players to share their gaming experiences with each other, has appointed Playtech’s Cristina Turbatu as its new chief technology officer.

In her new role, Turbatu will work on SharedPlay’s new technology development and help the provider expand its presence in the market.

Turbatu joined SharedPlay after just under five years with Playtech, where she was most recently head of innovation labs and marketplace. She also served as an architect, technical and senior software developer while at Playtech.

Prior to this, Turbatu spent over two-and-a-half years at Odobo and had a spell at BetVictor as a test automation engineer.

In addition, until August this year, Turbatu was managing director of the Gibraltar Chapter of the Girls in Tech not-for-profit organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.

“I am looking forward to working with Karolina and the executive team to build and deliver an innovative new technology platform to the industry,” Turbatu said. 

“I am excited to leverage my prior experience in pushing the envelope and building disruptive technology and focus it on this project. Karolina’s vision on the company, product and culture is inspiring and I am honoured to be part of it.”

Turbatu’s appointment completes a full C-suite of female executives at SharedPlay, which includes founder and chief executive Karolina Pelc and chief operating officer Jacqui Gatt.

“Cristina’s professional capabilities stand out with her impressive track record and experience developing some of the most innovative products on the market,” Pelc said. 

“I honestly could not have hoped for a better fit in this role. She brings a first-class, advanced tech skillset and is tailor-made for our company. Her passion for growing the paradigm for women in technology perfectly aligns with my vision.”

In March of this year, SharedPlay secured the support of LeoVegas, which acquired a 25% stake in the provider. LeoVegas has the option to increase its stake in the business in the future.

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