Spanish industry trade body, La Asociación Española de Juego Digital (Jdigital) has confirmed the appointment of Sportium Digital Director Mikel López de Torre as its new President.
A key leadership stakeholder since 2016, López de Torre has formerly served as the trade body’s Vice President and will replace Jdigital founder Sacha Michaud as leader.
Founded in 2012, amidst the imminent launch of the newly regulated Spanish online gambling market, Jdigital seeks to represent the interests and concerns of Spanish licensed online betting operators and wider industry stakeholders.
Confirming the end of his tenure as JDigital President, Sacha Michaud stated that López de Torre was the ideal incumbent to lead the association, referencing the new leader’s ‘proven track record’ within the Spanish digital market.
A 12-year industry veteran, López de Torre has brought a number of Spanish betting ventures to market, having served as a Betfair digital executive (2006 – 2013) and leading Sportium’s online services and operations since 2015.
Taking over Jdigital leadership duties, López de Torre stated that he would continue the trade body’s groundwork founded Sacha Michaud, but highlighted concerns with regards to sector social responsibilities, likely industry consolidation and developing regulatory transparency for stakeholders.
“Over the next five years, the industry will see further consolidation, something that entails greater responsibility. As a mature industry, we must be aware of the impact we have on society. If we want to continue to build a healthy and transparent industry, we must work toward ensuring monitoring and accountability.” López de Torre detailed