Personnel Moves - February 2022

March 1, 2022
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Board changes at Flutter, Sightline appoints compliance leadership and Hong Kong politician resigns from gambling board.

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Flutter has announced it independent non-executive director Michael Cawley will not seek re-election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 28 2022, having served nine years on the company’s board.

Zillah Byng-Thorne will seek re-election at Flutter's upcoming AGM but will step down from the board before the 2023 AGM, having served nine years on the board.

Fellow independent non-executive director Holly Keller Koeppel will replace Cawley as chair of Flutter's Audit Committee. Dave Lazzarato will replace Byng-Thorne as chair of the Risk and Sustainability Committee. Byng-Thorne will remain a member of the Risk and Sustainability Committee.

Nueva Codere has formed a new board of directors after holding a shareholders' extraordinary general meeting. Christopher Bell was confirmed as the non-executive chair, as an independent director.

Nueva Codere's other confirmed “Class A” directors are Vicente Di Loreto, the current CEO of Codere, who has been appointed as the corporate director. Aidan de Brunner has been appointed as an independent director. Antonio Moya-Angeler is a qualifying shareholder director.

The four “Class B” directors announced by Nueva Codere are Laurence Biver, Isabelle Lambert, Mathieu Kakal, and Sandra Egan.

Patrick Jonker has joined Hero Gaming as its new chief executive officer on 1st February 2022. Jonker has over 20 years of experience in the digital entertainment industry, including having been Betsson Group managing director for over four years. He left his role as a managing director at Mr. Green ltd/William Hill to join Hero Gaming.

Frankfurt-listed bet-at-home.com group has appointed sportsbook and online casino veteran Marco Falchetto as the newest member of its management board. Falchetto will replace Franz Ömer, who co-founded the bet-at-home Group in 1999. Ömer requested to leave the board when his appointment expired at the end of February 2022. Michael Quatember is also leaving the board at the same time at his own request.

Videoslots has promoted Henrik Enesund to replace Timo Thronicke as its head of casino. Enesund has worked for the Malta-based operator for over five years, having originally joined as a customer service agent before receiving several promotions.

Mindway AI, a Danish-based software company offering gambling player protection solutions, has added consultant and founder of several B2B online gambling communities Willem van Oort to its board of directors.

TCSJOHNHUXLEY has appointed Patrick Magendans as its new Head of Sales UK / Europe. Magendans has over 30 years of experience in the industry, including having most recently worked as the sales manager for Zitro.

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Sightline Payments has hired Shannon Nadeau and Larry Whelan to lead the company’s compliance and risk departments. Nadeau was named director of regulatory and license compliance to oversee Sightline’s expansion into new market, while Whelan joins as the director of risk overseeing the company’s risk management division, anti-money laundering efforts, and fraud prevention activities.

Churchill Downs has named Nate Simon senior vice president and chief technology officer of the gaming and racing company. In his new role, Simon will be responsible for providing strategic technology leadership and services. Simon replaces Ben Murr who was promoted to president of TwinSpires and Online Gaming in January.

Churchill Downs said Austin Miller has retired after eight years as senior vice president of gaming operations. Maureen Adams has been promoted to fill Miller’s role as senior vice president of gaming operations. Since 2019, Adams has served as vice president of gaming operations where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of eight properties, as well as marketing and analysis department.

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company also announced the promotion of Ryan Jordan to senior vice president of real estate development where his responsibilities will include strategic planning at existing properties as well as overseeing the design and construction on new properties.

Full House Resorts has promoted John Ferrucci to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief operating officer. Ferrucci will oversee the Las Vegas-based company’s efforts to open The Temporary at American Place in Illinois until a permanent general manager is selected, will continue to serve as general manager of Silver Slipper Casino Hotel in Mississippi and will oversee the operations of the company’s other properties.

Everi Holdings has appointed Secil Tabli Watson and Paul Finch to the company’s board of directors. Both Watson and Finch have been appointed to serve as members of the board’s audit committee, nominating and governance committee and compensation committee. Their appointments will expand the size of Everi’s board to ten members.

In addition, Ronald Congemi, lead independent director of the board, has informed Everi he will retire from the board and will not stand for re-election at the company’s 2022 annual meeting in May. The board has selected Atul Bali, a board member for two years, to become lead independent director upon Congemi’s retirement.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, a key leader in the union representing thousands of Nevada casino workers, has announced her retirement. The Culinary Union said Argüello-Kline has stepped down as the labor organization’s secretary-treasurer, a position she has held for the past ten years. Secretary-treasurer is the highest-ranking position within the union that represents 60,000 casino workers in Las Vegas and Reno.

The Culinary Union also announced that Ted Pappageorge will replace Argüello-Kline as secretary-treasurer. Pappageorge served as the union’s president for the last ten years. Diana Valles succeeds Pappageorge as president.

BettorView, a Las Vegas-based sports betting marketing and in-venue technology company, promoted Javier Vargas to president and appointed him to the board of directors. Vargas previously served as BettorView’s chief operations officer. The company also named Dae Son chief revenue officer. Son previously served as vice president of marketing at William Hill.

The owners of Atlantic City’s Ocean Casino Resort have appointed its interim CEO as its permanent leader. Bill Callahan was promoted to the newly created position of general manager. Ocean, which opened in 2018, replaced the former Revel Casino. The casino is co-owned by New York hedge fund Luxor Capital Group and Ilitch Holdings, which owns the Detroit Red Wings and Motor City Casino.

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Hardline, pro-Beijing Hong Kong politician Maria Tam resigned from the board of casino operator Macau Legend Development less than a week after the arrest in Macau of CEO and co-chair Levo Chan for online gambling offences and money laundering. Tam, 76, has had a long career as a Hong Kong elected representative and later National People’s Congress member, climaxing with steadfast support for the Beijing-imposed National Security Law and punishment of democracy protestors. Macau Legend said in a Hong Kong bourse filing on February 11 that Tam resigned with effect from February 3 for “personal reason [sic]” and that “she would like to reduce her workload due to her senior age”.

Australian casino operator Star Entertainment Group announced the appointment of Tourism Australia chairman Michael Issenberg as a non-executive director. Issenberg, a veteran of the hospitality industry, is also chair of Reef Corporate Services, which jointly controls the Reef Casino in Cairns.

Electronic gaming machine manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure will establish a third global business, covering online real money gaming, to be headed by outgoing Aristocrat Gaming CEO Mitchell Bowen. Replacing Bowen is Aristocrat’s Americas Gaming CFO Hector Fernandez.

The rotating door for executives at beleaguered Saipan casino operator Imperial Pacific has seen another CEO depart, the Saipan Tribune reported. Ray Yumul, interim CEO of Imperial Pacific International, resigned in the first week of February after stormy exchanges with the Commonwealth Casino Commission, and ahead of a March commission hearing that will consider revoking the company’s casino licence.

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Board changes at Flutter, Sightline appoints compliance leadership and Hong Kong politician resigns from gambling board.

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