Game Play Network Inc (GPN) has announced that it has appointed Ian Smith as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
In this new role, Smith will drive product expansion, technological innovation, and platform scalability to support GPN’s integration of its patented reveal technology within its B2B customer network. He joins GPN from such renowned global gaming companies as Rank Interactive, Flutter Entertainment, and William Hill, where he served as CTO, Director of Technology Strategy, and Global Director, respectively.
“We are excited to welcome Ian to the GPN team. He is an experienced iGaming innovator that is perfectly positioned to take GPN’s first-of-its-kind iGaming platform into its next stage of commercialization. Ian’s leadership will accelerate growth, expand the company’s footprint and create exciting new player experiences,” Russell Fine, President of GPN, said.
“I have been working in iGaming since its inception, and I am truly energized by GPN’s unprecedented approach to revolutionizing the space. GPN is ready for its next ambitious stage, and I am eager to leverage my over 20 years of gaming experience to ensure that we achieve and exceed GPN’s goals,” Smith said.
During his tenure at Flutter, Smith was responsible for the technology strategy of the International division, which included such prominent brands as PokerStars, Betfair International, and AdjaraBet, where he drove major technical change across the division. Among his other career highlights, Smith points to enterprise-level transformation at Rank Interactive, where he was responsible for building in-house development teams from the ground up and introducing a consistent agile way of working across the whole platform and organization, as well as leading William Hill’s US platform ambitions following the repeal of PASPA.