Epic names Stats Perform’s Bland as new business development director

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In his new role, Bland will focus on pro-actively developing relationships with key industry stakeholders, as well as support Epic’s growth and longer-term business strategy in markets around the world.

Bland will also help Epic expand its work to prevent gambling from harming people and organisations by working closely with its existing clients and develop its client base.

He takes on the role having spent more than six-and-a-half years with Stats Perform, where he was most recently league partnerships manager, before which he served as general manager for the Middle East.

Bland previously worked for Prozone Sports for almost 11 years, serving in a number of roles such as head of Middle East, international business development manager and business development manager.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a progressive company who are trying to pioneer this space of gambling harm minimisation,” Bland said. “What’s been clear to me throughout the recruitment process and my short time here, is that Epic is hugely passionate about its purpose. 

“Ultimately, this organisation is about helping people and the more organisations we can work with provides the opportunity to help more people the better.

“My role here is about growth. Yes, organically the business will commercially grow but ultimately, the more companies we work with, the more people we interact with, the more people we help.”

Epic’s managing director Les Murray, who took on his new role with the organisation in November last year, added: “Such a senior appointment reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering service excellence to our existing clients and in continuing the significant growth we have seen at Epic Risk Management.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Martin to the Epic team.”

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