GiG, Bally’s Corporation & Star Entertainment: on the move

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With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, GiG, Bally’s Corporation and The Star Entertainment Group are among those to have bolstered their teams with key hires.


GiG has appointed Jonas Warrer as its acting group CEO, replacing Richard Brown who stepped down from the CEO position earlier this month.

Brown’s departure as CEO was announced earlier this year and comes as GiG splits itself into two separate companies – GiG Platform & Sportsbook and GiG Media.

Warrer currently serves as CEO of GiG Media and will take on dual responsibility until the split is complete. He has been a part of the company since September 2017 following the acquisition of Rebel Penguin Aps, where he was Founder and Managing Director. 

Petter Nylander, Executive Chairman of GiG, stated: “We are very pleased to appoint Jonas as acting CEO through the process of splitting GiG into two distinct entities to enhance future expansion and drive shareholder value, in addition to his role as head of GiG Media.

“He has long experience within GiG and the industry and has been part of GiG’s executive management for four years.”

Bally’s Corporation

Bally’s Corporation has hired Don Westcott and Tammi Barlow to the roles of SVP, Global Chief Compliance Officer and VP of Global Responsibility and Social Impact, respectively. 

Westcott has over 25 years of experience in the gaming and financial services industries, joining from Nuvei where he was Global Head of Compliance. 

Meanwhile, Barlow joins Bally’s from Rush Street Interactive where she led the operator’s CSR strategy, including its RG policies. 

“On behalf of the entire leadership team, I am pleased to welcome Don and Tammi to Bally’s,” commented Kim M Barker, EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Bally’s.

“Their deep expertise enables Bally’s to continue our progress toward building industry-leading compliance, responsible gaming and social impact functions as the company continues to grow and expand.”

The Star Entertainment Group

The Star Entertainment Group has announced the proposed appointment of Hamish Macdonald, as its new Group Company Secretary, subject to necessary regulatory approvals being obtained. 

Macdonald brings legal, regulatory and governance experience to the role, having previously held the positions of General Counsel and Company Secretary for the New Zealand Stock Exchange and Chair of the NZX Corporate Governance Institute.

Until all necessary approvals have been obtained, Jennie Yuen will remain responsible for communication with the Australian Stock Exchange.

The Star also announced that Nawal Silfani has accepted a Strategic Governance role with the operator.

Aristocrat Leisure

Aristocrat Leisure has hired Superna Kalle to the position of Chief Strategy & Content Officer, effective from 9 October.

Reporting directly to CEO & Managing Director Trevor Croker, Kalle was previously with Sony Pictures Entertainment for 16 years, holding leadership positions in corporate development, before growing SPE’s television networks businesses in India, Japan and across Asia, as well as leading the company’s US networks. 

More recently, she was the President of streaming company Starz International, leading its rollout in over 60 countries.

Commenting on her appointment, Croker said: “I am delighted to welcome a global executive of Superna Kalle’s calibre to Aristocrat, and to our leadership team. Superna will play a pivotal role in driving our group growth strategy and leveraging Aristocrat’s industry-leading intellectual property across our operations as a key part of this effort. 

“Superna is a global digital media executive with more than 20 years of experience driving transformational growth, both as an operational and strategy leader. Superna has a track record of maximising the strategic value of content across a range of consumer media verticals. I look forward to her contribution and congratulate her warmly on her appointment.”