Promotions to top-ranking positions in Paddy Power’s management target improving products and
wooing customers for 2015.
Paddy Power gears up to face the New Year that promises huge market potential but which is also filled
with powerful rivals among online sportsbooks in the EU. It has revealed the names of three of their new
executives to fill key posts.
On the heels of Andy McCue appointment to the post of chief executive of the Irish gaming company, three
more key positions have been filled. McCue was quoted as being pleased that the positions were being
filled by ‘high-calibre individuals with a proven track record of success in the group’.
Peter O’Donovan has been delegated to the post of chief product officer. Johnny Hartnett has been
appointed as managing director of Paddy Power’s online business and last but not least Christian
Woolfenden is now the new managing director of Paddy Power’s UK and Ireland retail business.
O’Donovan will be the head of a project overseeing a newly-created product function, combining teams
who manage technology and enhance products in Paddy Power and Cayetano, situated in Bulgaria. On top
of that, and within the parameters of EU gambling laws, he will ensure the harmonization of global product
innovations. Sportsbet, its Australian subsidiary, will report, at some level, to him.
Hartnett will leave his post as director of operations at the bookmaker and will be responsible for managing
several websites including ‘Paddypower.com’ and the ‘Dial-a-Bet’ and customer operations services. All
three posts, along with that of McCue’s, will be taken up as of January 1, 2015.