erah will step in to the MD role at Dragonfish in August, having previously served as COO of Vizrt, a TV Graphics system provider. Although lacking in online gaming experience, Zerah has a strong track record of developing relationships and selling into large media organizations, an obvious area of interest for Dragonfish. The company will also likely seek to benefit from Zerah’s experience in Asia, where he has spent the past three years establishing a regional headquarters and building Asian operations.
Zerah steps in to the role vacated by Gabi Campos, who stepped down in early June to pursue new opportunities. "We are delighted that David has joined us to head up Dragonfish,” said Gigi Levy, CEO of 888. “David has significant B2B experience in the media industry, both broadcast and online, and as the industry moves towards a greater emphasis on content and flexible solutions his experience and contacts will enable Dragonfish to capitalise on the opportunities.”
"I am very pleased to join one of the leading B2B players in the gaming industry at such an exciting time,” added David Zerah. “This industry is dynamic, and the emergence of new technologies and platforms present very exciting possibilities for online gaming. I look forward to driving the business forward through enhancing Dragonfish's offering, strengthening our existing partnerships and acquiring new ones."
The appointment coincides with the award of an online poker licence by French regulator ARJEL, paving the way for 888’s launch into the French market alongside Microgaming and Dragonfish’s B2B customers. "We are delighted to receive a licence to operate in France,” said Levy.
“We believe that the future of the online gaming industry is in regulated, legitimate and safe online gaming environments, and we have the right offering to obtain a significant market share in the newly regulated French market."
Shares in 888 Holdings traded up 2.3 % in London yesterday morning following the announcements.