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CDI appoints Murr to lead sports betting and igaming


Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has promoted Ben Murr to president of online gaming and its TwinSpires sports betting brand.

In his new role, Murr will be responsible for the overall strategy and operations of both the igaming and sports betting businesses.

Murr had been serving as interim president of online gaming and TwinSpires, alongside his full-time role of senior vice president and chief technology officer for CDI.

He has been with CDI for more than 14 years, also holding the roles of president of United Tote and chief information officer for the entire CDI business.

Prior to joining SCI, Murr spent over four-and-a-half years with General Electric, serving in a number of roles such as chief technology officer for the Americas and IT director.

“I’ve been heavily involved with TwinSpires and our Online Gaming operations throughout my tenure at CDI,” Murr said. “I am passionate about these businesses and believe strongly in their future growth potential and strategic importance for CDI.”

CDI chief executive William Carstanjen added: “During his tenure with CDI, Ben has been an important leader in the growth across our operations. He has been a key player throughout the extensive changes in our Company over the last 14 years and will continue to move our TwinSpires and online businesses forward.”

Murr will remain as a senior vice president of CDI in addition to his new responsibilities, but the operator will commence a search to appoint a new senior vice president and chief technology officer.