Evolution recruits first North America CEO

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Live casino provider Evolution has promoted Jacob Claesson to the newly created role of CEO North America.  

Claesson previously served as the head of Evolution’s North America operations and was responsible for all operational aspects of Evolution’s broadcasting studios in the US and Canada.

Evolution currently operates four live casino studios that service the North American market. They are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and Connecticut, the latter of which only opened its doors in July.

In Q2, Evolution reported revenue of €343.9m from North America, representing year-on-year growth of 34%.

He joined Evolution in February 2016 as a key account manager. Four months later, he was promoted to the role of head of integration and delivery, a position he held for two years and six months.

Between November 2017 and October 2021, he was also acting as head of operations Georgia while overseeing Evolution’s Tbilisi studio.

Claesson set up Evolution’s operations in Georgia from scratch, and under his tenure, the company became one of the largest employers in the country with close to 6,000 staff.

Prior to his career at Evolution, Claesson spent more than four years at payment provider Klarna across various roles.

He joined in 2011 as enterprise implementation manager and left the payment provider as manager technical sales coordination and international, responsible for the implementation and evaluation of all global processes and routines within Klarna’s technical sales organisation.

He also spent more than six years at Swedish insurance company Movestic, where he started as insurance administrator before becoming office manager.

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