Rafi Ashkenazi, former head of operations at Playtech, will join Rational Group as its new chief operating officer, the company announced today in a press release. Beginning Febuary 1, Ashkenaz will report to Mark Scheinberg, acting chief executive and chairman of PokerStars.
As chief operating officer, Ashkenaz will be in charge of day-to-day operations of PokerStars and Full Tilt, including marketing, payment processing and poker room management.
"As the group grows and continues to develop our business globally and across multiple platforms and brands, we need to strengthen the leadership of its increasingly complex operations," Scheinberg said.
"Rafi is a fine executive with outstanding management and people skills and has been very successful directing the operational complexities of a global gaming company. I am very happy that he will bring that expertise to our senior management team."
Ashkenazi, who worked for Playtech for seven years, added: "With PokerStars, the Rational Group has built a stellar reputation by continually raising the bar with high-quality, trusted products while delivering best-in-class customer support and service. I am excited to join the team and add my skills to that tradition of industry leadership."