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Maris Catania leaves role as Kindred Head of Responsible Gaming and Research

Maris Catania has stepped down from her position as Head of Responsible Gaming (RG) and Research at Kindred Group.

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Catania has been a key member of the operator’s ‘journey to zero,’ its initiative to reach zero revenue from harmful gambling by 2023. In October, Kindred revealed that 3.8% of its revenue was derived from the harmful gambling behaviour of its consumers.

She will now head into a consultancy role in the area of RG, and will be replaced at Kindred by Esther Scheepers, an experienced RG professional who has been with the group for more than a decade.

Scheepers was previously responsible for the operator’s Player Safety Early Detection System, its in-house system which flags players that may be at risk for gambling related harm.

“13 years ago I joined Kindred Group and looking back I cannot believe what a rollercoaster it has been,” Catania wrote on LinkedIn. “I have seen RG from a non existent necessary evil to an area on the top of the agenda for many (although more work is always needed on the topic). After so many years I have taken the decision to move from a full time role in Kindred to starting consultancy in the area.

“Of course, I will always be grateful for Kindred for all the opportunities they have given me, and I will still work with the company to continue on several projects, especially research ones. I just feel that after all these years, I want to expand my knowledge to other areas and hopefully help others through RG research and RG initiatives.

“Having said all of this, I feel it’s been a whirlwind of emotions leaving my post as Head of RG, but knowing that Esther Scheepers will take on this role, makes me feel reassured that Kindred is in the right hands. I am super happy for her and have no doubt that she will excel in this.”

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