Groupe FDJ has confirmed the inbound appointment of Andy Wright as Chief Executive of Sporting Group, the sports betting technology unit of the Paris-listed gambling group.
Wright will replace Sporting Group CEO Simon Trim, who has chosen to end his 23-year association with the company where he has spent the last five years as Chief Executive, leading the technology group through its integration with FDJ’s organisation as a result of its 2019 acquisition.
A +20-year industry executive, Wright is the former General Manager of Tabcorp Holdings Australian wagering division (2018-to-2021), where he oversaw its significant enlargement with Tatts Group sportsbook units.
FDJ earmarked Wright’s experience and knowledge of sportsbook management and day-to-day operations, having served in a number of sportsbook executive roles for Ladbrokes, Betclic Everest, Stan James and UK Betting Plc.
Commenting on his leadership appointment, Wright said: “I am delighted to join Sporting Group at this exciting period of its evolution. I have admired its excellence of pricing, trading and risk management for many years and how it has leveraged this capability and the Sporting Index brand awareness to expand its B2B operation with Sporting Solutions across the globe.”
Updating investors, FDJ outlined that Trim would be maintained as a special advisor assisting Wright’s transition to his new role, and providing further guidance on certain strategic growth initiatives.
“I would like to thank Simon Trim for his dedication and stewardship over the years and the achievements of Sporting until today, building strong brands and making an impact on its markets,” said Xavier Etienne, FDJ Group Executive Vice-President Technology and International.
“Andy Wright has a unique blend of skills in many relevant areas for Sporting Group and FDJ Group. Along with his operational capabilities and recognized leadership, he is the perfect fit for us to further enhance the execution of our strategy.”