John Boyle the founder of Irish Independent bookmaker Boylesports has stepped down from active duty with the company, handing leadership to his son-in-law Conor Gray as new Chief Executive.
Last June, Boyle (61) had detailed to Irish media that he was preparing to stand down as leader of the company he founded in 1982, and which has become Ireland’s second largest bookmaker with a +200 betting shop portfolio.
Son-in-law Conor Gray has worked with the bookmaker for 16-years and is promoted to CEO having served most recently as International Business Development lead. Issuing a statement, Boyle commented on his replacement
“After 35 years building BoyleSports from one shop into Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, it would not be possible to step back if I were not confident that I was handing the reins to the right person,”
“I am confident I have a successor who can bring not only experience and expertise but also a passion for all things related to bookmaking in general and BoyleSports in particular,” Boyle added.
Taking over Boylesports leadership, Gray will likely lead the bookmakers much anticipated expansion within the saturated UK betting market. Throughout 2016/17 the Irish independent bookmaker has detailed that it is seeking potential entry points in which to grow its UK retail footprint effectively