Betfair hires new CTO after seven month wait

Betfair has appointed Tony McAlister as chief technology officer (CTO).

Betfair has appointed Tony McAlister as chief technology officer (CTO).

McAlister will run Betfair's 300 person "global engineering organisation". He will start his new role on 19 January and will report to David Yu, Betfair's Chief Executive Officer.

McAlister replaces Rorie Devine, who left Betfair this May by "mutual consent".

McAlister brings more than 25 years of experience running global IT operations. Most recently, McAlister was CTO at Vodafone in London between 2001 and 2005, before moving to the US where he took on the same role at Motricity in North Carolina.

"I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead our technology strategy, innovation and delivery into the next chapter of our corporate development," said Yu.

McAlister said, "Betfair has demonstrated its ability to turn technology into a strategic business advantage. I look forward to building on this success in my new role working with a talented global team."

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