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Jim Ryan, the co-CEO of digital entertainment, has announced his retirement. Ryan, who helps oversee operations of the world’s largest online poker company, said he will step down from his post on January 15.

Ryan was appointed CEO of PartyGaming in 2008. He had already led several online gaming companies to success before elevating PartyGaming to the top of the internet poker market. Ryan was instrumental in the merger of PartyGaming with bwin in 2011. The formation of the new company, digital entertainment, had him sharing CEO duties with Norbert Teufelberger. Teufelberger will now become group CEO.

“Being co-CEO of has been my dream job,” Ryan said in a statement. “As we approach the final stages of our merger integration, I am immensely proud of what we have achieved and know that with Norbert at the helm, the business is in excellent hands and is particularly well-placed for the future.”

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