Open banking platform TrueLayer has hired former Trustly executive Roberto Villani as its new Head of iGaming
A highly experienced commercial and payments specialist, he will define and manage TrueLayer’s strategy for iGaming alongside the company’s Chief Revenue Officer Max Emilson and UK Country Manager Jamie Morton.
Responding to his appointment on LinkedIn, Villani said TrueLayer was in a ‘hyper-growth phase’, and on its way to ‘Fintech unicorn status’, having recently closed a $70m Series D funding round.
He added: “Open banking is creating a huge opportunity for the industry to embrace innovation – from supporting responsible gambling initiatives through enhanced player identification and affordability checks, to faster payments that deliver a better player experience.
“TrueLayer is leading the way as a positive force in the industry with PayDirect, enabling players to receive instant payouts. I’m looking forward to working with operators across Europe, helping them to maximise the benefits of open banking with TrueLayer by providing a better end-to-end player experience, from setting up an account through to instantly receiving their winnings.”
Prior to joining TrueLayer, Villani oversaw business development and sales for online and retail gaming at payment provider Trustly.
With over a decade of experience in iGaming, he was also responsible for growth, revenue generation and relationship management of key accounts in Europe and emerging markets at Microgaming.
“iGaming operators are experiencing increasing margin and regulatory pressures, especially those operating in the UK and mainland Europe,” said Morton. “Increasingly, many see open banking as an answer to these issues, whether reducing payments processing fees, increasing conversion rates, or solving verification processes.
“As we continue to expand, we need people who understand the nuances of the different operators and the markets they play in. That is why we’re delighted that Roberto has joined us, bringing his expertise in iGaming and payments.
“With his strong track record of working with the biggest names in the industry throughout Europe, I have no doubt he will help take us to the next level.”