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

Green Jade Games

Former NetEnt commercial lead Mark Taffler has joined Green Jade Games as chief commercial officer to drive an increased awareness of the firm and its skill-based slots.

Taffler will be responsible for coaching casino partners and driving awareness of how Green Jade Games and its suite of innovative titles can significantly increase retention and boost revenues.

Prior to joining Green Jade Games, Taffler was head of commercial for NetEnt where held responsibility for over 120 customers and managed a team of 13 account managers.

Benedict McDonagh, managing director at Green Jade Games, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mark to the team and to tap into his unrivalled passion, talent and experience.

“Our games, a blend of arcade skill games and standard RTP slots, are truly unique and increase session times inexorably, driving loyalty and revenues for operators.

“With Mark on board, we will be able to engage more operators than ever before and make them aware of the tremendous upsides integrating our suite of titles brings.”

Kindred Group

Johan Wilsby is to join Kindred as chief financial officer later in the year, with an official date regarding the switch from Tobii, where he occupies the same role, to be finalised later in the year.

Previous CFO experience has been gained in positions at Fingerprint Cards and Transmode, with experience also gained via various finance leadership roles at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.

“I am delighted and pleased to welcome Johan to the Kindred team. In addition to Johan’s capability in finance, his extensive experience from the digital industry will ensure he can engage in our operations from the start and be an important part of the management of the company”, noted Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group.

Scientific Games

Rich Schneider is to join Scientific Games in midway through next year as chief product officer, overseeing product strategy, defining R&D roadmaps and furthering the firm’s position in gaming.

Schneider will bring 30 years of experience in creating gaming products to the company, with recent experience coming in a CPO role at Aristocrat where he directed the creative studios, hardware development and product design. He also held executive roles at Walker Digital Table Systems, Acres Gaming, and numerous leadership roles at IGT.

“Rich’s expertise in design, development and gaming makes him the perfect complement to our Scientific Games leadership team,” explained Barry Cottle, Scientific Games president and CEO.

“Combining Rich’s expertise and creativity with our talented teams will bring industry-leading products and technology to our partners and their players.”


The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust has strengthened its senior leadership after confirming the appointment of Daniel Bliss as its head of external affairs.

Bliss joins the charity after working as part of the UK Gambling Commission‘s communications team for the last three years, where he was involved in a number of key projects, including major policy announcements and the launch of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.

Lee Willows, co-founder and chief executive of YGAM, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel to what is an agile, inspirational and committed team. He joins at a key point in the charity’s development as we scale to deliver the UK’s first national education programme with GamCare and supported by members of the Betting & Gaming Council which will see us collectively reach 7m young people over the next four years. Daniel brings valuable expertise to this dynamic role specialising in communications, marketing, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.

“His role at YGAM is to advance the organisation’s marketing and communications across all channels, and help drive the successful workshops and programmes supporting partnerships with commercial organisations operating in the gaming and gambling space. I am confident that in his role as part of the Senior Leadership team, he will play a crucial role in helping YGAM achieve its objectives.”