Together for the Tote has confirmed that Mark Kemp has been appointed as the group’s UK Managing Director, after holding the same position at Ladbrokes Coral.
Due to take on the new role later in the year, Kemp has held a number of positions across the gambling sector with executive board experience across marketing, operations and product in both the retail and digital divisions.
In his role at Ladbrokes Coral, Kemp was tasked with the development and launch of Connect for Coral, the first single wallet omni-channel product, and since early 2017 has led the UK digital business which has enjoyed consistent growth.
Kemp celebrated the new appointment, commenting: “I am really excited to be joining the team at what is an enormously important time for the business. This is a unique opportunity to invest and rejuvenate the Tote and enhance the special role the Tote plays in British racing. I have been deeply impressed by Eamonn, Alex and the team’s plans and look forward to joining a passionate and ambitious team.
“I have hugely enjoyed my time at Ladbrokes Coral & GVC, during a rapidly evolving time of change for the business. I would like to thank everyone I have worked with over the years who have delivered success with me and wish them well for the future.”
Andy Hornby, Co-Chief Operating Officer at GVC Holdings, added: “I have worked with Mark Kemp for eight years and he has proved himself to be a simply outstanding businessman. He built his reputation running our Retail Gaming operations delivering consistent market out-performance over several years.
“More recently he has been the Managing Director of the Ladbrokes Coral Digital business and the numbers quite simply speak for themselves. Mark has consistently outperformed the market. His lasting legacy will be a digital business in brilliant shape and, in particular, the rejuvenation of the Ladbrokes brand which has delivered exceptional recent growth. We wish him all the very best at the Tote.”
The news of Kemp’s appointment comes as Together for the Tote has made a series of senior-level appointments in recent months in a bid to support the group’s Chief Executive, Alex Frost and Chairman, Eamonn Wilmott.
Alex Frost, Alizeti Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted Mark is joining our team. His skills and experience will be an invaluable asset to us. We have ambitious plans to grow the Tote and are bringing together dedicated people who are entirely focused on ensuring the Tote has a successful future. We are all looking forward to working with Mark when he starts with us later in the year.”