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

Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment

Mark Rosa has been appointed as senior vice president and chief information officer of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment to oversee strategic business decisions related to technology across all MGE properties.

Announcing the newest member of its executive leadership team via the strategic promotion, Mohegan is aiming to further sustain and enhance the brand’s growth and development throughout the United States and internationally.

“As we continue on this path of strategic development, it has been our mission to build the best executive team in the industry.

“With igaming and mobile technology driving the casino industry today, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is honoured to welcome Mark Rosa into the fold where he will manage the increased use of cutting-edge technology that will better position the MGE enterprise for growth and expansion in the coming years.” – Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan.


Natalya Ovchinnikova has joined creative casino games studio NetGaming as head of product, bringing almost a decade of industry experience including management spells at companies such as NetEnt and Yggdrasil.

Further strengthening the firm’s senior management team, Ovchinnikova will be charged with overseeing the production process for NetGaming’s slot portfolio, with the company planning to release a mixture of branded and original content every month throughout 2020.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Natalya on board. With a fantastic track-record of achieving consistent results, her extensive and successful industry experience speaks for itself. I am pleased to be working with Natalya again.” – Pallavi Deshmukh, CEO at NetGaming.

National Council on Problem Gambling

Joel Simon has been welcomed on-board by the National Council on Problem Gambling in the role of communications manager where he will implement the organisation’s external communications, including public awareness and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining the NCPG, Joel served as the marketing and communications coordinator at National Integrated Health Associates in Washington DC. He has also contributed to writing and designing projects for various national and international nonprofits.

“NCPG is thrilled to have Joel join our team. He brings valuable skills in digital media and project management. We look forward to deploying his expertise to increase public awareness about problem gambling and help NCPG grow,” – Keith Whyte, executive director of NCPG.

Aruze Gaming

Aruza Gaming America has confirmed the appointment of Simon Burgess to the role of senior vice president of finance and accounting, leading all core finance and accounting functions, including the development of a longer-term financial strategy.

Burgess brings in excess of 25 years of progressive financial planning and analysis, operations, business process improvement, marketing, and business development experience within the gaming and lottery industry to Aruze.

“We are excited to bring Simon on board in this new role. We anticipate his implementation of strategy to ensure we achieve and exceed our operational and strategic objectives in being a market leader.

“Simon has a tremendous wealth of knowledge about the gaming industry as a whole, and brings a distinctly technology-driven focus.” – Rob Ziems, president and global chief legal officer of Aruze.