Episode 67: Giovanna D’Esposito (PaddyPower and Sky Bet), Rome, Italy

YPO member Giovanna D’Esposito was born and raised in Italy. After graduating from college with a degree in mechanical engineering, she worked in the Rome offices of Procter & Gamble and Altran. Giovanna then earned a MBA and moved to London, United Kingdom, to focus on international business development, using her skills to help companies break into foreign markets.

Then, Giovanna was hired by the No. 1 global online company PaddyPower Betfair, becoming the managing director of the company’s new Italian division. After her success at PaddyPower, Sky Bet, which in 2014 was valued at over a billion dollars, asked her to set up their new Italian division.

In this episode, Giovanna shares her journey to finding personal freedom and the inside scoop on the gambling industry in Italy.


Guest: Giovanna D’Esposito, founder of PaddyPower and Sky Bet in Italy
Host & Executive Producer: Kevin Daum
Executive Producer: Van Van
Music: DreamArtist Music.

Made possible with grants from Gazelles Growth Institute.

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Kevin Daum is an award winning and bestselling author of 5 books. He is a marketer, speaker, and columnist for Inc.com and Smart Business Magazine. As an Inc. 500 entrepreneur, his sales and marketing techniques resulted in more than $1 billion in sales. Drawing on his background in theatre and business, Kevin is a compelling speaker who has engaged and inspired audiences around the globe. Kevin is a graduate of the MIT Entrepreneurial Masters program and has received the Global Learning Award 3 times from the Entrepreneur’s Organization, where he held several board positions. Kevin has designed, produced, and led award-winning executive training programs and events for C-level executives and entrepreneurs on four continents. Previously, Kevin was named one of the 40 people to watch under 40 in San Francisco by the Business Times and in 2006 was named Distinguished Alum of the Year by his alma mater, Humboldt State University.