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Vigne Kozacek

Vigne Kozacek

Director, Innovation Squad Ltd

Vigne Kozacek has more than 25 years’ experience of managing information technology operations and business activities, predominantly in the gaming industry. With a career base including Camelot, Boylesports and William Hill, he has successfully delivered and managed positive change programs including merger support and solution acquisitions.

As Head of Special Projects then Head of Business Information Systems (BIS) Security at William Hill Plc, Kozacek delivered major infrastructure development programs. His combination of expertise of collaborative systems management and the ability to identify change priorities and value-added solutions were demonstrated in improvement to operational performance, revenue maximization and minimizing risk.

Specifically at William Hill, Kozacek was tasked with managing the technology elements to bring about the merger of three acquired entities – acquisition in Nevada centred on sports books, remote licensed betting terminals (LBTs), and the development of a feature-rich mobile sports betting platform. He also led the upgrade of a 20-year-old computerized race and sports book system (CBS) legacy system integrating diverse betting platforms, legacy systems and third-party products.

When appointed as the first IT Director to Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker, Boylesports Ltd., Kozacek inherited an under-resourced IT department, a customer-centric business operating a single website, and a system unable to handle volume betting.

A root-and-branch review of IT requirements, the recruitment and training of new staff, and the development of six new websites to facilitate online betting with extensive improvements to the licensed betting office offering across 161 sites lead to a total revision of the systems to a market leading state.

Kozacek has extensive experience of working closely with leading suppliers of betting applications and platform providers including IGT and OpenBet to identify, evaluate and implement cutting edge gaming solutions. Kozacek has attained in excess of 40 IT and ICT (information computer technology certifications throughout his career to date.

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