Elys appoints Drozd to US and Canadian tech role

Interactive gaming and sports betting technology business Elys Game Technology has appointed experienced industry executive Sandy Drozd as its head of US and Canadian technology deployments.

In her new role, Drozd will support Elys with its ongoing expansion strategy in the North American market, including the roll-out of new technologies.

Drozd has worked in the gambling industry for almost 25 years and will bring with her knowledge of sports wagering product design and implementation, as well as multi-state sports gaming compliance and regulations, audit processes, system operation, and program management.

She joins Elys from Wynn Las Vegas, where she spent three years as executive director.

Prior to this, she was director of product delivery for CSM at William Hill for almost 10 years, and also spent over 13 years as assistant general manager at American Wagering.

“I am excited to join the Elys team and look forward to contributing to the company’s innovative gaming platforms, expanding our North American footprint, and advancing our operational excellence,” Drozd said.

Elys executive chairman Michele Ciavarella added: “Working through our USBookmaking subsidiary in Las Vegas, Sandy joins our world-class Odissea technology team based in Innsbruck and Tuscany.

“Sandy brings over 25 years of experience in the sports gaming industry in complex US regulatory submissions and provides a critical function for our rapid multi-state expansion plan.

“I am also absolutely confident that her strong people skills could produce highly effective, self-organising development and delivery teams for our aspirations of becoming the leading B2B sports betting technology provider in North America.”

The appointment comes after Elys last month forecast a 22% year-on-year rise in revenue for its 2021 financial year.

Subject to final audit verification, Elys said full-year revenue is on track to reach $45.5m (£34.6m/€41.7m) for the 12 months to 31 December 2021, up from $37.3m in the previous financial year.

Author: Raymond Fleming