rationalgroupRafi Ashkenazi has officially been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Rational Group, whose brands include big names such as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, two of the largest online poker sites in the world.

“As the Group grows and continues to develop our business globally and across multiple platforms and brands, we need to strengthen the leadership of its increasingly complex operations,” said Mark Scheinberg, Rational Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Rafi is a fine executive with outstanding management and people skills and has been very successful directing the operational complexities of a global gaming company. I am very happy that he will bring that expertise to our senior management team.”

As an experienced gaming industry executive, Ashkenazi has made the move to the Rational Group from the position of Chief Operating Officer and board member at global gaming software company Playtech, where he spent seven years overseeing the day-to-day operations, seeing the company grow to 2,400 employees from just 200.

Rafi Ashkenazi will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the group and its brands, ensuring the excellence which has become synonymous with the Rational Group name continues into its future projects.

“I am excited to join the team and add my skills to that tradition of industry leadership,” announced Ashkenazi, who begins his highly demanding role within the Rational Group on February 1st at the group’s Isle of Man headquarters, at which time he will become responsible for all front of house and back office operations, including customer support, IT management and security, as well as poker room management, game integrity and marketing.

Speaking about the Rational Group, Ashkenazi stated; “With PokerStars, the Rational Group has built a stellar reputation by continually raising the bar with high-quality, trusted products while delivering best-in-class customer support and service”.

The Rational Group has become the industry leader through its focus on its high standard of operational excellence and a strong concentration on customer satisfaction for those who utilise the superb brands operated within the company, such as the European Poker Tour. The Rational Group’s brands, which consist of poker games and tournaments, live poker contests and televised poker programming, come together to form the largest poker business on the globe.