Sports Information Group, a provider of premium data driven content American horse racing enthusiasts through its Daily Racing Form (“DRF”) platform and other brands, has announced the appointment of Don Ryan as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Ryan succeeds, John Hartig, the former SIG CEO, who will join the company’s Board of Directors.

Ryan is a proven executive with extensive experience in the online gaming and digital media space. He joins SIG from Parx Racing & Casino in Pennsylvania where he was SVP of Gaming Development, spearheading its new ventures team. Prior to Parx, Ryan served as the SVP of Gaming at Betfair, the global online gaming company that operates the world’s largest online betting exchange, where he was responsible for its online gaming business in the United States.

Before Betfair, he spent several years as managing partner of management consulting firm, IEC, focused on various online gaming and digital media initiatives across an array of clients. His career began at Microsoft where he spent 15 years in various product development and business ownership roles, ultimately becoming GM overseeing several game studios within the Xbox division.

James Zenni, president and chief executive officer of SIG parent company Z Capital Group said: “We are excited to welcome a proven leader of Don’s calibre to the SIG team. I am confident that Don is the right person to lead the next chapter of growth and execute on our strategic vision of implementing online gaming capabilities that complement our unmatched thoroughbred racing industry expertise.”