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Superbet Group appoints Maymann to succeed Hartnett as CEO

| By Robert Fletcher
Superbet Group has appointed deputy chairman Jimmy Maymann to replace Johnny Hartnett as its chief executive.
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Hartnett will step down as CEO on 15 January and move to the Superbet Group board as a non-executive director. Maymann will take on the role from the same date.

Hartnett has served as CEO since August 2019. Prior to this, he spent five and a half years with Paddy Power Betfair, holding roles such as managing director international and COO.

Earlier in his career, Hartnett worked as COO at Sportsbet and had a separate spell as head of sport at Paddy Power.

“The last five years have been the ride of a lifetime,” Hartnett said. “I took over a business with an incredible foundation to work from. Hopefully the building blocks we’ve put on top of that will set the business up well for the next phase of its growth.

“Superbet Group is very fortunate to have someone of Jimmy’s experience, capability and leadership to take over as CEO. I look forward to ensuring a seamless transition with Jimmy and to continued commitment to the Superbet journey in my next role on the board.”

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Incoming CEO Maymann brings extensive senior and board-level leadership experience. He is also a seasoned tech investor, helping develop more than 10 companies. These include online video distribution platform GoViral, which he co-founded and which was later sold to AOL.

He previously served as executive vice-president of the AOL portfolio of content brands. In addition, he spent time as CEO of The Huffington Post. Here, he led an expansion strategy that grew its audience from 35 million to 210 million unique visitors each month.

“I’m delighted to take on the role of CEO and offer my expertise and passion,” Maymann said. “I will closely be working with the board to accomplish the company’s goal of becoming a global leader in the tech and entertainment industry, while fostering an exemplary environment of responsible gaming.

“I look forward to building on the great work done to date and leading the team in its next phase.”

Superbet founded and board member, Sacha Dragic, welcomed Maymann and paid tribute to the outgoing Hartnett.

“I am grateful to Johnny for his tremendous impact on Superbet’s growth and performance over the last five years. I am delighted he will take up a new role on the board. He leaves a great team ready to further scale and continue our journey of growth.

“Furthermore, I am delighted with Jimmy’s appointment, as he brings enormous leadership and remarkable experience to continue and accelerate our growth through our people.

“Having Jimmy as CEO is a clear statement that we are continuing to build and develop a long-term strategy of global expansion.”

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