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Michael Daly

Former CEO
Catena Media

Former Catena Media CEO Michael Daly is highly experienced in developing new markets, with a focus on iGaming and the Casino Industry. He has a 15+ year track record of launching and managing new, highly profitable, divisions for large and small global organisations. It was announced on 27 February 2024 that he would step down from his position.

Education
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    1991-1995
  • University of Utah
    2001-2003

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

In November 2022, Catena Media announced the sponsorship of the IFR Champions Group: Esports Edition, a tournament that united the iGaming, Fintech and Real Estate industries.

In Q4 2021, the group announced high growth in the North American market driven by launches in Michigan, Virginia and Arizona, as well as by the acquisitions of Lineups.com and i15 Media assets.

Catena Media is by one of the market leaders within the affiliate sector and Daly has helped the company transition into the North American market.

AWARDS

In January 2022, Daly was shortlisted in the Executive category at the Global Gaming Awards 2022.

EMPLOYMENT

Daly worked with Catena Media for over four years. Daly was the CEO of the group from March 2021 until February 2024. He was previously VP North America for one year, General Manager Americas for six months and General Manager US for one year and eight months.

Daly also served as EVP North America at GAN between June 2015 and January 2018, where he oversaw the North American and Australasian online real money and social casino business for the company.

Daly was CEO at Automated Cash Systems (ACS) for one year and six months, where he was in charge of managing and reorganising technology payments.

Between May 2012 and January 2014, he served as VP for Online Gaming SHFL, where he directed a growing global team of engineering, product managers, business developers and sales professionals.

Prior to that, Daly served at Bally Technologies for 6 years and two months as Senior Director Interactive Division, Senior Director Business Development, Senior Director Field Operations and Product Manager.

Between 1995 and 2003, Daly served as Surface Officer at Special Warfare where he was in charge of the Special Operation Boat unit.

PRODUCTS LAUNCHED

In April 2023, Catena Media partnered with Lee Enterprises. As the exclusive online sports betting and casino gaming partner, Catena Media will be responsible for working on frontpagebets.com.

In November 2022, Catena Media launched online sports betting affiliation in Maryland, as the US state officially opened for regulated online sports betting operations.

In Q3 2021, the group also launched licensed online sports betting operations in Kansas and Arizona.

“As nothing great is achieved alone, I also believe this is a strong reflection on the development of the culture within Catena Media, and our whole team’s commitment to our vision of setting the standards for the future of lead generation: as a caring employer, a trusted partner, a visionary and responsible company. I believe this is a fantastic time to be in the gaming industry, with lots of space for growth and evolution which Catena Media intends to help drive.” Michael Daly

Interviews and public speeches

In March 2021, the GI Huddle conducted an interview with Daly, where he introduced himself to the wider affiliate market, and presented his views upon taking the role of CEO at Catena Media, as well as his projections and ambitions.

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GI Huddle exclusive: Affiliate focus with Catena Media CEO Michael Daly

Meanwhile, in September 2023, Daly took part in the CEO Special of Gaming America magazine, telling us all about life in the Navy, his time at Shuffle Master and Bally, lessons learned at GAN and much more.

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