Gauselmann: “We have gained a top manager with many years experience in wholesale and retailing”
Markus Ettlin is new Managing Director and Chairman of Merkur Sportwetten GmbH. The company consolidates all sports betting activities of the Gauselmann Group, with operations in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. Only a few days ago, it announced its entry into the Polish betting market with the acquisition of sports betting provider Totolotek. Sports betting enthusiasts can place their bets under the MERKUR sun at over 2,200 points of sale (shops, kiosks, terminals) and a wide variety of internet channels.
“The sports betting business segment is gaining increasing traction within the Gauselmann Group. In Markus Ettlin we have gained a top manager with many years of experience in wholesale and retailing, who will help to significantly drive the business forward and optimise the customer experience at the point of sale, both bricks-and-mortar and online. An additional bonus is that he comes from a family business, which will of course aid smooth integration into our corporate culture,” explains Paul Gauselmann, founder and Chairman of the Management Board of the Gauselmann Group.
Forty-seven-year-old Ettlin, who holds a degree in business administration, spent the past 18 years as a senior manager with the well-known duty free provider Gebr. Heinemann. He joined the Gauselmann Group in December last year and has spent his first few months familiarising himself with the different business segments. “I am looking forward to my new assignment. Offering our customers a first-class brand experience across all platforms is my top priority. What’s more, forthcoming liberalisation of the market offers huge growth potential,” Markus Ettlin concludes.
Founded in 1957, the Gauselmann Group is an international, family-owned company from Espelkamp, Eastern Westphalia (Germany) active in the entertainment and leisure industry. Alongside the development, production and sales of games in amusement machines and money management systems, the group operates the well-known arcade chain MERKUR Casino and is also active in the sports betting, online gaming and casinos business segments. The Gauselmann Group employs 13,300 people worldwide and generated a business volume in excess of 3.5 billion euros in 2018.