Sports technology provider Sportradar announced Wednesday that Gerard Griffin has been named Chief Financial Officer of the company, effective May 9, 2023. Griffin will be responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, and investor relations operations. He will report directly to CEO and founder Carsten Koerl.
Griffin will succeed Uli Harmuth and will be based in St. Gallen, Switzerland, in the future. He brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in financial and operational management within the gaming, media, and technology sectors.
He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Zynga Inc. During his time as CFO at Zynga, which included oversight of the company’s accounting, finance, and investor relations functions, Zynga sharpened its operating model and delivered a marked improvement in revenues, profitability, and cash flow.
Before joining Zynga, Griffin spent more than 10 years at Electronic Arts Inc., serving as Senior Vice President of Finance, where he was the finance leader for EA’s Studios, Marketing, and Publishing organizations, after having spent more than six years in Geneva, Switzerland, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for EA International.
Prior to that, he held several senior finance roles domestically and internationally at technology and media companies, including NBC Universal and Primedia, and in public accounting with KPMG in both Dublin and New York.
Carsten Koerl, CEO and Founder, of Sportradar, said: “I am pleased to welcome Gerard to the Sportradar executive management team. As a highly accomplished CFO with relevant experience across several sectors, we are confident that he will bring discipline and strategic focus as we continue to drive growth and profitability around the world.”
“Gerard will be a strong addition to the management team as we deliver results and continue to position Sportradar as the leading sports technology business globally. I also would like to thank Uli Harmuth for stepping in as interim CFO. His partnership and dedication in this role have been tremendously appreciated. I am pleased that Uli will continue to serve as our Chief Strategy Officer and be an integral part of our executive management team,” the executive added.
Of his appointment, Griffin commented: “I am very happy to be joining Sportradar, which has established itself as the leader in the sports technology industry. The team’s excellent track record of innovation and growth positions the company to capitalize on the exciting opportunities ahead.”
“I look forward to working closely with Carsten and the rest of the Sportradar team to deliver exceptional value for clients, partners, and shareholders,” he concluded.
🤝 Sportradar x @WorldAquatics
We have a new partnership with World Aquatics to safeguard the sport of water polo.
450+ matches will be monitored under the terms of the two-year agreement, covered by our Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS).
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— Sportradar (@Sportradar) April 26, 2023
Earlier this week, Sportradar announced that its Integrity Services unit, a supplier of sport integrity solutions and partner to over 180 sports federations, has entered into a two-year partnership with World Aquatics to monitor international water polo matches. Under the terms of the latest deal, more than 450 matches will be monitored.