Michael Ahearne

CEO, SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Michael joined SkyCity in December 2017 as Group Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in November 2020.

Michael has significant global experience in the gaming industry across both land-based and online casinos, as well as retail and online sports betting. Prior to joining SkyCity, Michael held a number of senior commercial, operational and product leadership roles at Paddy Power Betfair, one of the world’s leaders in sports betting and gaming. Prior to this, Michael enjoyed a 13-year career in the Australasian gaming and entertainment sector – 10 years of which were spent at The Star Casino, Sydney, where he held a variety of senior management positions and, following that, three years as Chief Operating Officer for Aristocrat in the Australia and New Zealand regions.

Michael is a qualified accountant and holds an MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney.