Smarkets announces new US General Manager hire from Nike

By | June 9, 2022


Leading sports betting operator Smarkets has announced the hire of a US General Manager to run its growing business in the United States.

Sheldon Hanai joins Smarkets from Nike where he spent nearly six years, rising to Senior Director level as the Head of Global Innovation Finance. He started his career with the United States Department of Defense, before working at Google and BP, and then moving to the sportswear giant.

Smarkets operates its sportsbook app SBK in the US, where it is live in Colorado, with an official launch in Indiana imminent and move into Iowa to come later in the year. SBK takes its odds from the Smarkets exchange, combining market-leading betting exchange odds with a sleek sportsbook interface.

Hanai said: “I’m delighted to be joining Smarkets, a company that I have followed since the very beginning of its journey and seen blossom into one of the world’s leading sports betting companies. I can’t wait to get stuck into realizing SBK’s potential in the US where our industry-leading odds can make a huge impact.”

Hanai will begin in the newly created role on 13 June, and whilst Smarkets currently has offices in London, Malta, and Los Angeles, Hanai will work out of a new office in a soon-to-be-revealed East Coast location. He will join the Smarkets Executive Leadership Team and report to Smarkets CEO/Founder Jason Trost, who added: “I’m super excited about Sheldon joining us to head up our push into the US. We have looked far and wide for the right candidate for what is an absolutely crucial role as we expand our footprint in the States. Sheldon was the outstanding choice and I couldn’t be more pleased that he’s joining us.”

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