Amaya Announces Managerial Changes at Rational Group


Posted: April 14, 2015

Updated: October 6, 2017

It was confirmed that Amaya Inc. assigned new COO and CMO to Rational Group, the business that runs online gambling sites PokerStars and Full Tilt.

The new chief operating officer is Israel Rosenthal, while the new chief marketing officer is Gino Appiotti at Rational Group,gambling news reports. Amaya stated that before the new assignments a management review took place at the company. Rosenthal, who filled various roles for Rational, replaces Rafi Ashkenazi. Ashkenazi got a new position within Amaya Inc. recently.

Appiotti, who was president of Southern Europe for Rational for three years, follows Alex Payne. Payne retired from his position recently as accepted a CMO position at the European branch of online marketplace eBay. Appiotti will be based at the Rational Group’s office in Malta, while Rosenthal will oversee group operations from the headquarters in the Isle of Man.

Rational made Amaya biggest in the world

In August 2014 Canadian online gambling company Amaya Inc. (formerly known as Amaya Gaming) bought Rational Group including online gambling sites PokerStars and Full Tilt from Isai and Mark Scheinberg for a reported $4.9 billion. The deal made Amaya the biggest publicly listed online gambling company in the world.

Full Tilt, provided a licence regarding EU gambling laws by Malta in 2012, was rebranded to Full Tilt then, which reflected a change in its operation. Full Tilt continued rather as an internet casino than a site limited to online poker, offering a wide collection of single and multi-player casino titles to their users.

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