Irina Cornides

Pragmatic Play

Irina Cornides has over a decade of experience in the gaming industry, most of which was spent in senior leadership positions. She currently serves as Pragmatic Play’s COO, a position she accepted in January 2022.


In June 2000, the University College London awarded Cornides a Faculty Medal for the most distinguished student in the social and Historical Sciences Faculty. Between 1998 and 2000, she also received three Departmental Prizes for standing first in the Economics Department’s exam. 


For having helped the company grow bigger and better in various different markets, Cornides was shortlisted for Executive of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards 2023. 


Prior to joining Pragmatic Play in January 2022, Cornides served as Gamesys’  Asia & ROW CCO for over two years. 

She worked with the Jackpotjoy team for over six years, as its Director of Operations in the Bahamas, and as CMO and CEO of the Jackpotjoy Division in Gibraltar. Before that, she was the Chief Revenue Officer for Intertain in the Bahamas and Gibraltar. During her work at Jackpotjoy, she was also responsible for the commercial performance of Vera&John Intercasino and the Asian B2B business. 

Between July 2014 and October 2015, she served as the Managing Director of Mandalay Media Group, where she managed the online bingo company before it was acquired by the Intertain Group. 

Between July 2011 and July 2014, Cornides served as BGO Group’s Head of Bingo. 

During her career, she was also the Founder and Director of Cresco Consulting for almost five years, until June 2014. Before this, she was Kusuma Trust UK’s Chief Executive of the Charity division for two years and served as PartyGaming’s Direct Marketing Manager for almost two and a half years. 

Between September 2000 and May 2001, Cornides served as a Junior Consultant for Roland Berger Strategy. 


At the beginning of 2023, Pragmatic expanded its LatAm presence with Nekobet. Thanks to this deal, the operator gained access to a range of slots vertical of Pragmatic. 

Pragmatic’s expansion into the Latin American market was also marked by a collaboration with the Brazilian operator Betbastet, a deal that happened around the same period. 

Also in January 2023, the provider signed a deal with the Swiss operator, Grand Casino Bern, a deal which expanded Pragmatic Play’s footprint into Switzerland. 

Pragmatic ended 2022 with an agreement that strengthened its footprint in the Italian market, by signing a deal with the Italian-facing operator, Sportbet. 

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