With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent appointments.


The American Gaming Association has added four new senior-level staff members, “furthering the association’s success in serving its members and the rapidly evolving gaming industry”.

As part of the recruitment drive Cait DeBaun becomes senior director of strategic communications, Jessica Feil joins as senior director of government relations, Meredith Pallante occupies the senior director of events role and Gabrielle Voorhees takes up the position of senior director of finance.

These additions are said to complement organisational changes announced earlier this summer, reflecting AGA’s enhanced focus on industry modernisation, communications and advocacy

“There’s never been a been a more exciting time to be a part of the gaming industry, and our ability to attract this level of talent reflects that,” noted Bill Miller, president and CEO.

“These four, high-calibre professionals represent a broad array of experience and talent that will be an asset to our industry and our members day in and day out.”


David Gallop has joined the Tabcorp board as a non executive director, subject to the receipt of regulatory and ministerial approvals. 

Set to be formally presented following the necessary green-lights being issued, Gallop, who is to act as an observer of the board in the meantime, has been appointed as part of an ongoing process of renewal.

As part of this process, Tabcorp expects to make further announcements in FY20 regarding appointments of additional directors with skills and experience to complement the current board, and in anticipation of pending retirements.

Paula Dwyer, Tabcorp chairman, commented: “David has successfully led two of Australia’s highest profile sporting organisations in the NRL and FFA. He brings to our board a deep understanding of sports administration and the commercial drivers which underpin it. 

“David has extensive experience in media rights negotiations, delivering modern sporting content through digital channels, customer experience and in navigating complex stakeholder relationships at a domestic and international level. We look forward to the perspectives he will bring to the Tabcorp Board.” 

Svenska Spel

Petra Blixt has been appointed as the new head of sales and marketing at the Swedish state-owned gambling operator, after departing as CMO at LeoVegas.

In the new position Blixt is to be responsible for developing digital marketing and sales processes in line with the firm’s overall market strategies.

Fredrik Wastesson, CEO of Svenska Spel, said of the appointment: “ I am very happy to announce Petra Blixt as new sales and marketing manager for the Svenska Spel Sports and Casino. 

“Her knowledge and experience in data-driven marketing and sales will be extremely valuable to us in the work we are now pursuing. I would also like to point out her clear and goal-oriented leadership along with high energy and high implementation force will be important qualities in managing and developing our business.”


Robert van Roosendaal has been promoted into role of key account director for Germany, Iceland, Portugal, France and the Benelux countries at Novomatic.

Initially joining the firm three years ago, the new role comes in line with the internal restructuring process and the continued expansion of market leadership in key European casino markets. 

“With Robert van Roosendaal we have been able to assign this key position – especially in the German and French casino markets – to an expert with extensive sales experience as well as excellent market and product knowledge,” said Jens Einhaus, VP of international sales for Europe and the Americas.


The operator of the UK National Lottery, Camelot UK Lotteries, has announced that chief financial officer Clare Swindell has been appointed to its board of directors.

Joining chief executive Nigel Railton as the second executive director to sit on the board, the appointment is lauded as an acknowledgement of the “vital role that she plays in governance arrangements”.

Sir Hugh Robertson, Camelot chairman, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Clare to the Camelot board. Since joining Camelot just over two years ago, Clare’s wide-ranging operational experience – as well as her extensive knowledge of strategic finance and internal control processes – has added great value to the business.

“This appointment recognises Clare’s seniority and contribution, and while her role and responsibilities as CFO will remain unchanged, she will be taking on additional and important statutory duties and obligations. The rest of the board and I very much look forward to working with Clare in this enhanced capacity.”