Mr. Craig Robertson has been appointed as General Manager of Tote Ireland with effect from August 8th 2011.
Craig hails from Scotland and has extensive commercial and HR experience. He has worked in Ireland since 2003 most recently as Head of Support Services in St. James’s Hospital. Prior to that he was Operations Director/Head of Development at CBS Corporation and also General Manager for Compass Group at Dublin Airport. Previous to this his work in the UK included a number of senior positions within the Retail and Leisure industries.
The Chairman of Tote Ireland Mr Jim Nicholson commented: “On behalf of the Board of Tote Ireland I welcome Craig as our new General Manager. He brings a wealth of commercial experience with him having worked in both the private and public sectors. We are looking for Craig to drive forward the business and ensure that the Tote is producing a maximum return for racing. The Tote contributed €1.5 million each year to racing between 2005 and 2008 before experiencing two difficult trading years when the economic downturn hit. Nonetheless, despite the very challenging financial background last year, the Tote’s bottom line improved by €1.1 million in 2010 compared to 2009, returning it to profitability. The key challenges now are to improve the on-course offering and to get the Tote product into multiple distribution channels off-course so as to grow the exotic pools both domestically and internationally. The pending legislation of off-shore betting operators will allow this critical part of the business to progress.”
Craig Robertson, new General Manager of Tote Ireland, stated: “I am looking forward to the challenge of managing the Tote with the simple objectives of increasing its profitability and thereby maximizing its return to the racing industry. I was thrilled to see a Jackpot pool of €226k at Sligo last week which demonstrates the popularity and immense potential that large Tote Jackpot rollovers still have. I also took many positives from this year’s Galway Festival including the attendance figures, the performance of our exotic bet range and the commitment and enthusiasm of the Tote staff. I look forward to working with the Tote’s management team and staff, as well as our many business partners to develop and grow our service to both new and existing customers.”