Scientific Games’ OpenBet Adds Industry Veterans

Scientific Games’ OpenBet sports betting division has added former DAZN Chief Technology Officer Florian Diederichsen and former AGA executive Jessica Feil to its staff.

Scientific Games’ OpenBet Adds Industry Veterans

OpenBet, the sports betting business of Scientific Games, announced two additions to its management team. Former DAZN Chief Technology Officer Florian Diederichsen joins Open Bet as chief technology officer. Jessica Feil, formerly of the American Gaming Association, will be vice president of regulatory affairs and compliance for the sports betting business of Scientific Games.

“The appointment of two highly-skilled and respected individuals demonstrates the ambition we have to deliver the next generation of sports betting entertainment to operators and bettors worldwide,” said OpenBet CEO Jordan Levin. “As we drive for hyper-differentiation, and with legislation moving at a pace, we can entrust both Florian and Jessica to help take OpenBet forward in their respective fields that will add significant value for our global customer base.”

Feil, formerly AGA’s vice president, government relations & gaming policy counsel, also worked as an associate at Ifrah Law in Washington, D.C., and was an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office near Cleveland, Ohio.

“With legislation moving quickly within the U.S. and globally, I’m looking forward to providing valuable support and expertise to aid the company’s aggressive growth strategy,” Feil said. “Compliance and regulatory affairs are incredibly important aspects of sports betting, and OpenBet continues to set the standard of delivering the safest and most reliable experiences for players to enjoy cutting-edge entertainment.”

Diederichsen has worked at several sports organizations in Europe including DAZN, where he helped develop the company’s OTT sports service.

“The ambition shown by the OpenBet team, the quality of the management team truly excites me and I’m ready to raise my game to implement the vision required to take sports betting to a new level,” Diederichsen said. “Development work is already underway behind the scenes that will revolutionize the future of sports betting entertainment, and I cannot wait to share our innovative concepts with the marketplace.”

In September 2021, Scientific Games entered an agreement to sell OpenBet to Endeavor Group Holdings, a California-based sports and entertainment company, for $1.2 billion. That transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, pending regulatory approval.