With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, Continent 8 Technologies, Pragmatic Play and Gaming Corps have moved to bolster their teams with key hires.
Bally’s Corporation has announced that Marc Crisafulli, group’s EVP of Government Relations, Legal and Regulatory, will retire from the company, effective September 16, 2022.
Having joined the firm in May 2019 as EVP of Government Relations, he later served as EVP of Twin River Worldwide and President of Twin River and Tiverton Casinos, prior to the company’s rebrand in 2020.
During his time with Bally’s, he is praised as having advanced the company’s strategy by overseeing critical legislation and spearheading important partnerships in Rhode Island.
Lee Fenton, Bally’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “I want to thank Marc for his commitment and many contributions to Bally’s over the last few years.
“I especially want to acknowledge Marc’s work with the State of Rhode Island, including his efforts in advancing important state legislation and for his role in moving our corporate headquarters to Providence.
“On behalf of our Board and management team, we want to thank Marc for his guidance and for his role in positioning us for our next phase of growth. We wish him the best in his retirement.”
Celeste Arredondo is being charged with maintaining Pragmatic Play’s momentum across Latin American after being appointed as the igaming supplier’s Country Director for Peru.
Building an array or roles centred on the region, she will join a burgeoning team that is spearheaded by Vice President of Latin American operations, Victor Arias.
“Celeste has a wealth of knowledge and experience across several roles in the igaming industry, and we’re thrilled to place her as our Country Director for Peru,” noted Arias.
“Peru is a market that we have been interested in for some time, and having already established a foothold in the region, we look forward to seeing rapid growth in accordance with our localisation strategy.”
Gaming Corps has disclosed changes to the group’s senior management with Victoria Bonner named as Chief Marketing Officer, where she will build on past experience gained at the likes of Relax Gaming and Pragmatic Play.
The appointment, said the company, reflects an “increasingly prominent brand position,” with Bonner to be tasked with developing a strong marketing plan and strategy for the coming years.
Furthermore, Erika Mattsson, Chief Communications Officer has signalled an intention to resign from the management team as of September 30.
Claes Tellman, Chair of the Board, will temporarily be responsible for communications and Investor Relations until a replacement has been appointed.
“I would like to wish Erika the best of luck in the future with her new assignment and at the same time take the opportunity to thank her on behalf of everyone in management for these years at Gaming Corps,” noted Juha Kauppinen, CEO of Gaming Corps.
“I would also like to welcome Gaming Corps’ new Chief Marketing Officer Victoria Bonner who I am confident will to bring the knowledge, network and commitment to the industry, which is necessary for the further expansion and marketing of Gaming Corp’s next generation casino slots and other games.”
Fortuna Entertainment Group
Fortuna Entertainment Group has confirmed the appointment of Victor Corcoran as new Chief Executive of the Central and Eastern European omni-channel gambling business.
The move sees the company conclude a nine-month search to find a leadership successor to Per Widerström, who stood down as CEO of the business back in January after choosing to end his eight-year tenure as Chief Executive.
“Excited to be joining the team at Fortuna Entertainment Group, one of the leading omni-channel betting and gaming businesses in the CEE region,” Corcoran commented via LinkedIn.
“The business has some really great people, strong brands, an extensive retail footprint, continues to significantly invest in technology and operates in some fast-growing markets with massive potential, it should definitely be an exciting journey.”
Continent 8 Technologies
Kristian Valenta has become Chief Financial Officer of Continent 8 Technologies where he will gain responsibility for the company’s overall finances while working alongside the executive team on policy, operations and overarching strategy.
Based in Montreal and reporting directly to the CEO, Valenta will aim to continue building on the company’s existing expansion plans.
“Over the last few years, we have built an exceptional team at Continent 8, growing our head count year-on-year,” stated Michael Tobin, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, at Continent 8 Technologies.
“Kristian’s appointment is a significant one for our business during a period of fast growth as new markets regulate and open for business. Kristian brings a wealth of experience and passion to Continent 8, making him an invaluable member of our leadership group. Welcome to the team, Kristian.”