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WynnBet brings in Churchill Downs’ Williams as new COO


WynnBet, the online sports betting and igaming brand of Wynn Resorts, has appointed Ian Williams as its new chief operating officer.

In the role, Williams will oversee WynnBet’s trading, marketing, customer service, payments and data science teams, reporting directly to Wynn Interactive chief executive Craig Billings.

Williams joints WynnBet having most recently served as president of online gaming at Churchill Downs Incorporated, a role in which he helped grow the Churchill Downs Interactive arm.

During his tenure, Williams also helped grow Churchill Downs’ horse racing advance-deposit wagering business and was responsible for spearheading the development of Churchill Downs’ real-money sports betting and igaming businesses.

Since 2018, Williams was also responsible for securing market access for Churchill Downs in nine states across the US.

Prior to joining Churchill Downs, William founded gaming consultancy business Thistle Gaming and had spells as both chief commercial officer and marketing director at Buzz Sports.

In addition, earlier in his career, he spent 18 months as head of affiliates at William Hill in the UK.