Sir Hugh Robertson, former UK Minister for Sport and current Chairman of the National Lottery operator Camelot, has been appointed to Genius Sports’ Business Advisory Council.
In his latest role, Robertson will adopt his ‘experience and expertise’ to the sports betting and media firm’s advisory board to aid the identification of new strategic development opportunities.
“I am delighted to be taking on this new role at Genius Sports and look forward to working with the management team to build a company that is at the forefront of sports data and technology,” Robertson explained.
“Now more than ever, the capture, analysis and commercialisation of live sports data is a key growth driver for broadcast, media and regulated betting sectors. Furthermore, I hope that my independence, global experience and commercial expertise will help Genius Sports make the most of this exciting new opportunity.”
A lengthy career has seen Robertson spend a decade at the Household Cavalry, followed by becoming the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent in 2001. After spending nine years in opposition, he then became a Minister for Sport in David Cameron’s Coalition government in 2010 ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.
He subsequently left politics in 2015 following a spell as a Minister for the Foreign Office and has since performed a myriad of roles, including chairing Camelot, the current National Lottery licence holder.
As well as helping to identify new development opportunities, Genius stated that the addition of Robertson would strengthen its governance and reinforce its corporate aims.
Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, added: “We are thrilled with the appointment of Sir Hugh. For over twenty years, he has worked tirelessly for British sport and brings extensive commercial and stakeholder expertise to help drive the health and future growth of our company.
“Sir Hugh’s unique expertise and experience will be invaluable to positioning Genius as the global leader in sports data and technology.”