SIS – Gary Smith departs as CEO, Richard Ames confirmed as leadership successor

Industry supplier of racing media and data products SIS has informed that Chief Executive Gary Smith has stepped down as leader of the business, in order to ‘pursue other opportunities’.

A gambling industry and media veteran, Smith was promoted from SIS Chief Operations Officer (COO) to CEO in July 2012.  During his five-year leadership tenure, Smith has been a key stakeholder in the commercial development and product proposition of SIS, winning significant new supplier contracts for the business.

Chairman Roger Devlin commented on the update “The Board would like to thank Gary for his dedicated service and contribution to SIS. During his tenure SIS managed to secure both the RMG Horse Racing and Irish Horse Racing Rights. Gary will provide consultancy services for a short period to ensure a smooth transition during this change in leadership.”

Richard Ames

Devlin further announced that Richard Ames current Interim Product Director would replace Smith as SIS CEO. Ames a former Ladbrokes executive rejoined SIS operations last November taking over group product development.

“I am pleased to have secured someone with Richard’s experience of the industry to take over the role.” Devline added

Ames commented on taking on SIS leadership “The team at SIS Betting is experienced and committed and I am looking forward to working with them. We will continue to deliver great service for our core retail bookmaker customers and new online customers, as well as broadening our product offer for both retail and online markets in line with our diversification strategy. I am also looking forward to working with David Meynell, MD of our SIS LIVE media business and his team, who will continue to drive our connectivity proposition to new and different markets.”

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