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Rafi Ashkenazi

Executive Chairman
Hard Rock Digital

Rafi Ashkenazi is the current Executive Chairman of Hard Rock Digital. Notable past roles include Non-Executive Director of Flutter Entertainment and CEO of The Stars Group.

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

Ashkenazi's initiation into the digital gaming sector is rooted in his earlier roles at Rational Group, where he actively contributed to the development of online poker. 

His subsequent role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at PokerStars required operational expertise and a deep understanding of the dynamic and evolving digital gaming landscape. 

The complexity of this role heightened during the acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya Gaming Group, a pivotal moment in his career, which saw him transition into the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

Ashkenazi led the company through this important phase, overseeing integration and managing expansive growth, denoting an ability to navigate multifaceted corporate transitions. 

EMPLOYMENT

 Ashkenazi's operational leadership at PokerStars oversaw a shift towards customer acquisition as well as a pronounced emphasis on regulatory compliance and responsible gaming.  

During his time at PokerStars, the company evolved into a comprehensive online gaming destination, extending its reach beyond poker to appeal to a broader audience. This diversification strategy played a crucial role in securing PokerStars' resilient market position. 

As CEO of The Stars Group, Ashkenazi led the acquisition of Sky Betting & Gaming. This move substantially expanded the company's presence and diversified its product offerings, reinforcing its competitive edge within a rapidly evolving market. 

In October 2019, Flutter Entertainment acquired Stars Group in a £3.8bn ($4.7m) deal 

Transitioning to Hard Rock Digital, Ashkenazi brings a wealth of experience to the brand. 

Ashkenazi's career in the digital gaming industry, from his foundational contributions at PokerStars to leadership at The Stars Group, has provided the necessary skills for this role. This expertise, alongside a history of operational leadership within the gaming industry, has led to his appointment as the current Executive Chairman of Hard Rock Digital.  

"Hard Rock Games' enhanced capabilities will allow us to better engage our worldwide player communities with exceptional digital experiences and entertain our players like no one else can" Rafi Ashkenazi
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