HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – 1/ST announced today the appointment of Paul Williams to Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY and to Chief Technology Officer, 1/ST. Williams joined The Stronach Group in 2018 as the company’s first Chief Technology Officer, focused on building and delivering the digital and technology road map to maximize the company’s world-class platforms and to expand the opportunities for innovation across The Stronach Group’s racing and gaming verticals.
As Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, Williams will work directly with 1/ST RACING and 1/ST CONTENT to amplify the company’s innovative racing and content programs. He will lead the consolidation of 1/ST’s digital businesses to drive revenue for some of horse racing’s largest and most recognized racing and gaming brands including, AmTote, Xpressbet, 1/ST BET, XB SELECT, XB NET, PariMAX and Betmix.
In addition, Williams will continue his responsibilities as Chief Technology Officer, 1/ST to build on the industry-leading internal and external IT infrastructure that is currently in place at 1/ST. He will focus on strengthening and improving the digital systems that support company-wide platforms to increase cyber defense capabilities, digital efficiencies and innovative customer interfaces.
“Paul’s added appointment to Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, represents the ongoing evolution of 1/ST as Thoroughbred horse racing’s premier operator,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, 1/ST. “I have tremendous confidence in the 1/ST team and their collective commitment to evolving our racing and gaming platforms with continued forward-thinking that will drive our company’s growth for the future.”
“As we look to the future of Thoroughbred horse racing and to gaming in general, the opportunities for expansion and innovation are endless,” said Williams. “By structuring the 1/ST TECHNOLOGY, 1/ST RACING and 1/ST CONTENT businesses as congruent brands, we will be able to offer our customers world-class racing and gaming products that reflect the new era in our sport.”
Since joining The Stronach Group, Williams has improved the Xpressbet legacy platform and has successfully engaged a new generation of customers with the development and roll out of the 1/ST BET app, an innovative mobile platform that has changed the wagering experience for everyone from the first-timer to the experienced horse player.
Williams has a passion for building immersive technologies supported by world-class infrastructure and has led several large-scale global technology teams throughout his career. He formerly served as Chief Information Officer of IBEXGlobal and Chief Information Officer at Cantor Gaming and as Global Director of Trading Infrastructure at Cantor Fitzgerald, LLC.
Photo: Paul Williams (left) & Tamir Shanel at the 48th Annual Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park. (Ryan Troy/Pegasus Cup Lifestyle)