With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, American Gaming Association, NGCB and Gordon Moody have moved to bolster their teams with key hires.

Gordon Moody

Willem van Oort, the founder of the Gaming in Holland, Spain and Germany business communities, has joined the Gordon Moody Board of Trustees.

In addition, van Oort is also a member of the Mindway AI board, as well as a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, the International Association of Gaming Advisors, Jdigital, and the Netherlands Online Gambling Association.

Matthew Hickey, Gordon Moody Chief Executive, said: “Along with the rest of the Gordon Moody team, I am delighted to welcome Willem to our Board of Trustees. Willem’s experience will be a great asset to Gordon Moody.

“I am looking forward to working with Willem as Gordon Moody focuses on our goal of helping people reclaim and rebuild their lives free from gambling addiction by providing the most effective therapies, intervention and counselling possible.”

Nevada Gaming Control Board

Brin Gibson, Nevada Gaming Control Board Chair, has confirmed that Kristi Torgerson is to take up the role of Chief of the Enforcement Division at the NGCB, effective October 31, 2022.

Torgerson, a member of the board since January 1997, will lead a division that is the law enforcement arm of the NCGB and maintains five statewide offices.

Primarily responsibilities include conducting criminal and regulatory investigations, arbitrating disputes between patrons and licensees, conducting background investigations on work card applicants, gathering intelligence on organised crime groups and making recommendations on potential candidates for the list of excluded persons. 

“Deputy Chief Torgerson’s impressive career with the Gaming Control Board, the military, and federal law enforcement should give Nevadans confidence in the safety and integrity of gaming as she begins to lead the Enforcement Division,” Gibson explained.

“As gaming enforcement has evolved from chip theft and slot machine manipulation to issues involving global cybersecurity, Deputy Chief Torgerson will work to ensure the safety of Nevada’s residents and visitors, as well as the continuity of the gaming industry’s benefits to the Silver State’s economy.”

Continent 8 Technologies

Brian Koh has been named as Chief Commercial Officer of Continent 8 Technologies, where he will be tasked with continuing to build on the company’s ambitious growth plans and its go-to-market expansion.

This includes developing and implementing its commercial strategy, where he will have crucial input into sales, account management, marketing and customer service.

“We have a world-class team at Continent 8 and our headcount has grown significantly over the past few years to ensure we remain at the top of our game. Brian is a significant addition to our team and comes at an exciting time for the organisation,” explained Michael Tobin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Continent 8 Technologies.

“As more countries embrace regulation and new markets open for business, we see a huge opportunity for Continent 8 to expand its reach and deliver our award-winning managed hosting, connectivity, cloud and security solutions to customers entering these jurisdictions.

“Brian has been tasked with overseeing our expansion, a job that he is undoubtedly the best person to take on. I look forward to working with him closely moving forwards.”

American Gaming Association

The American Gaming Association has confirmed that Maureen Beddis will join the group’s executive team as senior vice president, membership and events.

In the role, Beddis, who will join the AGA on October 31 following 16 years at The Vision Council, will lead member relations, business development and events, including Global Gaming Expo.

“We’re delighted to welcome Maureen to the AGA at this critical time for our association and industry,” stated Bill Miller, AGA President and CEO. 

“Maureen’s career is defined by her ability to drive strategy, convene members and deliver results. Her significant experience as an association executive will bolster our already strong team and help lead our organization into the future.”

Underdog

Underdog has appointed problem and responsible gambling policy expert Brianne Doura-Schawohl as a consultant to bolster its responsible play efforts.

As a consultant, Doura-Schawohl will help the group with its responsible gambling initiatives, including internal policy development, creation and execution of strategic plans to increase problem gambling understanding and making introductions to key stakeholders within states to show the brand’s responsible gambling commitments.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the incredible team at Underdog as we reimagine the fantasy sports experience,” commented Doura-Schawohl.

“With the company’s rapid growth and as it expands its offerings to new customers, it is critical that we uphold the highest degree of integrity while delivering users with a safe and reliable platform.”

Allwyn

Allwyn has confirmed the appointments of Sharon Doherty and Victoria McKenzie-Gould as non-executive Directors, following the formal award of the fourth National Lottery licence.

The multi-national lottery operator was officially granted the licence earlier this month after current incumbents Camelot withdrew a legal appeal against the UK Gambling Commission’s decision.

Doherty currently works as the Chief People and Places Officer at Lloyds Banking Group and will bring “significant executive experience with large, diverse workforces in the technology, telecommunications and aviation sectors”.

Meanwhile, McKenzie-Gould, who currently works as the Corporate Affairs Director at Marks & Spencer, will bring “long standing experience of working across complex stakeholder environments”.

“We are delighted to welcome Victoria and Sharon to Allwyn’s team of sector leading experts who are implementing a forensically detailed and winning proposal through the transition to the fourth National Lottery licence,” explained Allwyn Chair Justin King.

“We are committed to building a diverse board who oversee and hold the business to account every day, while helping in a practical way meet all the challenges that a project of this size entails.”

“Today’s appointments continue the forward momentum needed to put in place a more accessible National Lottery that is bigger, better and safer for all.”