CryptoLogic Inc. a leading software developer to the global Internet gaming market have announced today the appointment of Andrew Goetsch as Vice President of Poker Software Development.
Goetsch's extensive strategic planning and poker experience will help the company continue the development of its software product plans in this fastest-growing segment of the global Internet gaming market.
"The popularity of our poker technology continues to rise, and Andrew Goetsch will help CryptoLogic enhance its product strategy in this very dynamic market," said Lewis Rose, CryptoLogic's President and CEO. "As a smart business strategist, accomplished executive and serious poker player, Andrew will be a great asset to ensure CryptoLogic continues to hold a winning hand.'
Goetsch is an avid poker player who has had several final table appearances, and more than 200 'in the money' finishes in tournaments held both online and around the world, including a main event in this year's World Series of Poker.
His gaming knowledge extends to both the online poker room environment and consulting for various Internet gaming sites. As a senior executive with 18 years experience in strategic planning, technology, finance and mergers and acquisitions, Goetsch has increased sales and profits for consumer goods and manufacturing companies and negotiated more than a dozen acquisitions. He obtained his Certified Public Accountant while working at one of the big accounting firms.
Goetsch's expertise and insights about online and land-based poker gaming and tournaments give him a strong background to lead CryptoLogic's dedicated poker product team. His priorities include further development of the company's successful Internet poker offering, particularly in expanding new game, table and bet type variations, optimizing satellite tournament functionality and enhancing customer support and back-office management capabilities.
"CryptoLogic is the global leader in Internet gaming software, and has very quickly attained a leading position in the amazing growth area of online poker," Goetsch said. "I'm excited to join this talented team known for both integrity and innovation, and take their poker technology to new heights to offer even more excitement to licensees' players all over the world."
Internet poker is a key strategic focus for CryptoLogic, having grown rapidly to account for more than 20% of the company's revenue in the first three quarters of 2004. CryptoLogic-developed software powers one of the top five highest revenue-generating poker rooms on the Internet, according to PokerPulse, an independent industry researcher. The company's software has earned the confidence of many of the world's top gaming brands.