Prophet makes key appointments in marketing, operations and strategy

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Peer-to-peer US sports betting exchange Prophet has appointed three senior sports betting, igaming and gambling experts to VP roles in marketing, operations and strategy this week. 

Thomas Phillips joins the firm as VP of Marketing, Matt Garrigan becomes VP of Strategy, and Michael Halperin takes on the role of VP of Operations.

CEO and Co-Founder Dean Sisun commented: “We are delighted to welcome Thomas, Matt and Michael to the Prophet team and are excited to have them bring their experience and market knowledge to us as we look ahead to our full consumer launch in Fall, 2021. 

“Having people of their caliber join us from FanDuel, DraftKings and with Thomas’ experience from Betfair, InterCasino and Ladbrokes Coral reinforces what an exciting future everyone at Prophet has ahead of us. 

“We want to attract the best in the business, and the knowledge, experience and skills Thomas, Matt and Michael bring is another key foundation for us as we continue to grow.”

VP of Marketing Phillips has over 14 years’ experience in the sports betting, igaming and gambling industries, working across multiple international territories and products including exchanges, sportsbooks and gaming products.  

“I am thrilled to be joining Prophet as VP of Marketing,” he said. “Having previously worked with Dean and Jake [Benzaquen, Prophet COO and Cofounder] in the UK market, I am looking forward to joining a dynamic and innovative team that is set to make the industry stand-up and take notice.”

VP of Strategy Garrigan joins from FanDuel where he was, most recently, Director, New Market Strategy. He commented: “From the first time I spoke with Dean and Jake, it was clear we share the same passion and focus to help Prophet fill the gaps that exist in sports wagering from a customer perspective. 

“We are underway with our planning and it’s feeling really good. We have a team that is extremely eager, believe in this unique product we will be bringing to the market, and laser focused on the customer. There is nothing more exciting than planning for a go-live.”

New VP of Operations Halperin was most recently with DraftKings where he was part of the VIP Promotions & Strategy management group. He noted: “Jake and Dean are building a first-class team of experienced individuals who share a passion for sports betting and a hunger to disrupt the US gaming landscape. 

“Prophet’s commitment to building a customer-focused betting exchange will make it the top choice for players looking to get bigger and better returns on their wagers.”