KaFe Rocks strengthens senior management team with new heads of people and engineering

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KaFe Rocks Group has named Fiona Valenzia as the company’s new head of people and has appointed Kurt Paris as head of engineering.

The Malta-based affiliate, which hit the headlines in January when it introduced an unlimited paid leave policy for its staff, is hoping to strengthen its presence in the US market over the coming years.

“We’re thrilled to have added some exceptionally strong experience into the people and technology departments of KaFe Rocks,” said Simon Pilkington, KaFe Rocks Group CEO. “In Fiona and Kurt, we bring in two professionals teeming with ideas, vision and experience.”

“I couldn’t be more trusting in our new additions to lead these departments onto great success,” he added.

Valenzia has more than 10 years of experience as an HR professional within the payments and gaming sectors.

She joined KaFe Rocks in August from Trust Payments. Between 2009 and 2017, she was HR manager at Super Group-owned Betway.

KaFe Rocks head of people Fiona Valenzia: “I am passionate about employee engagement, and I believe in having a clear focus on embedding a strong people strategy.”

As the new head of people, she will be an integral part of the senior management team and has filled the role vacated by Cordelia Morgan-Cooper, who left the business in April after nine months.

Valenzia said: “I am passionate about employee engagement, and I believe in having a clear focus on embedding a strong people strategy. My vision is to evolve our employee value proposition and leverage the opportunities we have to build on our fantastic culture.”

KaFe Rocks is a 100% remote working company, and its people department focuses on talent acquisition, learning and development, people experience, and employer branding and is committed to delivering value-added HR services to all areas of the business.

KaFe Rocks’ new head of engineering Paris joined the company in June.

He boasts over 16 years of experience in software engineering, primarily within the finance and iGaming industries, having previously worked for companies such as Finixio, Gamesys and Catena Media.

“I’m very excited to have joined a company with such strong core values and a strong engineering team,” he said. “Over the next few months and years, we will keep focusing on building a user-centric platform, which will provide tangible value to our customers.”

The KaFe Rocks team currently maintains a portfolio of 40+ websites across 20+ markets across online casino, sports betting, and financial trading.

KaFe Rocks was acquired by Swintt owner Glitnor Group for an undisclosed sum in February 2022.

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