With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, Rush Street Gaming, Continent 8 Technologies, and Zynga, all feature in our latest rundown of a number of recent manoeuvres.

Crown Resorts

Simon McGrath has become chief executive officer of Crown Sydney, as well as Crown Resorts’ group head of hospitality, in the latest of a series of key executive appointments made by the group.

McGrath, the current CEO of Accor Pacific, will be responsible for strategic oversight of all operations, marketing, branding and business development for the resort.

In addition to the role of CEO of Crown Sydney, as group head of hospitality he will also play a strategic advisory and leadership role to enhance customer experience and ensure continuous innovation remains at the centre of the group’s strategy across all three Crown Resorts properties.

Steve McCann, CEO and managing director of Crown Resorts, commented: “We are pleased to have attracted such a respected industry leader to Crown. Simon’s international credentials means he brings to Crown Sydney an unparalleled understanding of the operation of luxury hotels and global hospitality businesses.

“While it’s been incredible to see Sydneysiders embrace Crown Sydney over the last year, it’s now time for the world to experience it, and for us to use this great asset to help market ourselves as a prime destination in a very competitive market.

“This resort was built to compete with the best in the world and set a new benchmark for luxury experience and service. Under Simon’s stewardship we look forward to seeing Crown Sydney exceed its potential.”

Rush Street Gaming 

Rush Street Gaming has announced today that Roy Corby has been named general manager of the upcoming Rivers Casino Portsmouth, bringing more than three decades of casino gaming and operations experience to the role.

Before joining the company, Corby was senior vice president of operations for Global Gaming Solutions, with oversight of three full-service casinos, as well as a property leader for Agua Caliente Resort & Casino in Palm Springs, California; Sandia Resort & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 

“We’re excited to expand our Rivers Casino family of market-leading destination casinos and to help launch Virginia’s new casino industry,” noted Greg Carlin, CEO of Rush Street Gaming

“Roy’s multifaceted operations background, employee engagement success and strategic marketing skills are perfectly suited for Rivers Casino Portsmouth.”

Continent 8 Technologies

Continent 8 Technologies has strengthened its sales and account management team via the appointments of Aidan Rees-Williams and Lee Bridge into the roles of sales account director and account relationship supervisor, respectively.  

Rees-Williams, based in England, will be responsible for ensuring that the company’s “existing customers receive the best possible service and support, aligning their requirements with the firm’s growing suite of products and solutions”. 

Bridge, based in the Isle of Man office, will be charged with “building and leading a new customer success team” and to maintain strong working relationships between sales account directors and customers

Roberta Castle, chief revenue officer at Continent 8 Technologies, commented: “I am thrilled to welcome Aidan and Lee to the team and for Continent 8 to be able to leverage their talents, skills and experiences. 

“While we continue to focus on our expansion plans, as a customer-centric business we go to great lengths to ensure that existing customers receive the best possible experience and that the solutions we provide meet their individual needs and requirements. 

“This can only be achieved by having a highly experienced team, and in Aidan and Lee we have two people that are at the top of their game. They are a great addition to Continent 8.” 

Zynga

Zynga has appointed Matt Wolf as vice president of blockchain gaming, where he will focus on the opportunity to integrate ​​non-fungible tokens and blockchain technology into the groups existing portfolio and owned IP, as well as develop games from inception that are built with NFTs as part of the core gameplay loop.

Prior to joining the company, Wolf was the founder and CEO of D20, an emerging media agency that focused on gaming, esports, creator culture, blockchain and NFTs.

“Emerging platforms and technologies are key parts of Zynga’s growth strategy – as evidenced by our recent game launches on Snap Games, Google Nest and Amazon Alexa,” said Scott Koenigsberg, Zynga’s CPO.

“With blockchain having a greater prominence in the digital economy, Wolf will help Zynga reach a new addressable market through NFTs and legitimize new ownership possibilities for gamers on our platforms. We are excited about the benefits that NFTs and blockchain technology can bring to our existing titles, new game pipeline and the future of gaming.”