With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent manoeuvres.
Global gaming and sports betting organisation GVC Holdings has announced the appointment of two new directors to its board.
David Satz will join as an independent non-executive director on October 22, 2020, and Robert Hoskin will be promoted to the board as an executive director on January 1, 2021 in the role of chief governance officer.
Barry Gibson, Chairman of GVC, said: “I am delighted to be welcoming two such high calibre individuals to our board. David has unrivalled regulatory and legislative expertise in the all-important US gaming market.
“His knowledge and insight will be hugely additive in helping us to achieve our ambition of being the leading operator in the US through BetMGM, our fast-growing joint venture with MGM Resorts.
“Robert has made an outstanding contribution to GVC in his 15 years at the group, and his promotion is richly deserved. The fact that regulation, legal and governance are now represented at board level will give us even greater oversight of these critically important areas, all of which are central to our long-term growth plans.”
Buzz Bingo has confirmed the appointment of Harry Lang as its new marketing director, leading the brand development and customer acquisition campaigns of the UK’s biggest bingo operator.
A 15-year industry executive, Lang has led the marketing strategy and delivery for numerous igaming brands including WMS Interactive, bwin.party, Mecca Bingo, Foxy Bingo and Pinnacle Sports.
Lang joins Buzz Bingo’s senior management team from Brand Architects, his personal marketing agency which saw him advise igaming and esports clients such as Genting Bet, PandaScore, Leon House/ AnonyMind, Rightlander and Puntt.gg.
Jamie Queen, CCO of Buzz Bingo, stated: “Buzz Bingo is at an exciting stage in its evolution, so we’re delighted to welcome someone of Harry’s calibre and enthusiasm to the business. He brings with him a wealth of marketing leadership experience and is highly capable of steering the Buzz Bingo brand through the next stage of our growth.”
Wynn Resorts has confirmed the appointment of Darnell Strom as a member of the company’s board of directors. He takes up the role as an independent director and class I member of the board in a move that became effective on October 14.
Strom is currently a partner and head of the culture and leadership division at global talent and entertainment company United Talent Agency, where he leads efforts to expand the cultural and business influence across platforms for its top clients in media, sports, entertainment, music, fashion, the arts, branding and thought leadership.
His decades of experience in entertainment, media and sports, along with the relationships he has established will, said Wynn, be a significant benefit to the company.
Triggy has strengthened its senior leadership team after confirming that Martina Åkerlund will lead the company as its new CEO.
Confirming Åkerlund’s appointment, Triggy lauded her wealth of experience in leadership positions, having amassed more than 20 years of leadership experience from predominantly the banking and finance industries.
“We are more than excited that Martina chose to join us at Triggy.” noted Björn Nilsson, co-founder of Triggy. “She will lead the company’s endeavors to grow rapidly geographically as well as product-wise.
“Her experience from successful leadership within another highly regulated industry (banking) along with dedication and an entrepreneurial mindset made the decision to offer Martina the top position in the company easy.”
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has announced the appointment of Duncan Hannay as president and chief executive officer effective October 26, 2020.
Hannay will take over from outgoing president and CEO Stephen Rigby, who had agreed to stay on at OLG until a successor was identified and to assist with a seamless transition of the business.
“Following an extensive recruitment effort, we are pleased to welcome OLG’s new president and CEO, Duncan Hannay,” said Peter Deeb, chair of OLG. “Duncan is a seasoned executive leader and CEO with global expertise transforming and growing organizations through a disciplined strategic approach, a deep understanding of digital innovation and a progressive leadership style.
“The board of directors and I are delighted to have Duncan join our very capable team at OLG. He has the skills and experience to lead the organisation through the next phase of growth and community contributions across Ontario.”