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Games developer Yggdrasil has named James Curwen as its incoming CEO.

The transition in leadership comes with current CEO Bjorn Krantz set to step down from his role.

The appointment will take effect from 1 October 2023, with Krantz actively facilitating a smooth handover until his departure at the end of September.

Curwen (pictured), who currently holds the position of chief online officer at Greek operator OPAP, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role as Yggdrasil CEO.

With a robust background spanning 30 years in both online and land-based gambling, Curwen has held executive positions at companies including William Hill, Superbet, Ladbrokes, and The Ritz Casino.

As Krantz transitions out of his role, he expressed confidence in Curwen’s ability to lead Yggdrasil into the next phase of development.

“James Curwen is an industry veteran; he will bring invaluable experience and leadership to the company as it enters the next phase of driving sustainable, profitable growth. It’s his time to lead.”
Outgoing Yggdrasil CEO Bjorn Krantz

Krantz noted: “Since day one, my work with Yggdrasil has been focused on transformation, and as the company now enters the next phase of its global developments, it’s time for me to hand over the reins.

“James Curwen is an industry veteran; he will bring invaluable experience and leadership to the company as it enters the next phase of driving sustainable, profitable growth. It’s his time to lead.”

Yggdrasil chairman Itai Frieberger shared the board’s excitement about the appointment, adding: “We believe James possesses the skills and experience to elevate the business to new heights.”

Frieberger also extended gratitude to Krantz for his dedicated service over the past four years at Yggdrasil.

Krantz joined Yggdrasil in 2009, initially as head of publishing, before progressing to chief of global market operations. He was subsequently appointed CEO in April 2022.

Yggdrasil was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Sweden. The company also has offices in Malta, Poland and Gibraltar.