NIGC, Great Canadian Entertainment, Glitnor Group: on the move

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With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, the National Indian Gaming Commission, Great Canadian Entertainment and Glitnor Group are among those to have seen changes to their teams recently.

National Indian Gaming Commission

The National Indian Gaming Commission has announced the resignation of its Chair E Sequoyah Simermeyer, bringing an end to his nine years with the commission.

As Chair, Simermeyer helped set regulatory conditions for the post-pandemic recovery. From joining the NIGC in 2015, he served as Associate Commissioner and Director of the Office of Self-Regulation, before being confirmed as Chair in 2019.

NIGC confirmed that additional details on the transition will be forthcoming.

Commenting on his time with the NIGC, Simermeyer said “I’ve witnessed firsthand how tribes across the Indian gaming industry have pursued economic sustainability through gaming by relying on – and cultivating – the robust regulatory reputation for which Indian gaming is well known and made better when supported by effective and efficient measures by Indian gaming’s regulators. I’m proud of the integral part this agency has played in meeting the challenges of an evolving industry.”

He added: “My time with NIGC has been some of the most memorable and impactful years of my career. As a Native person, I’m truly blessed to have been surrounded by experts dedicated to protecting and preserving the valuable resource Indian gaming represents for our communities.

“I’m thankful for the advice and counsel of my fellow commissioners and NIGC staff, and the support and hard work of the nearly 5,000 tribal regulators who work alongside NIGC day-in and day-out to keep Indian gaming strong now, and for the next 35 years.”

Great Canadian Entertainment

Great Canadian Entertainment has appointed Pauline Alimchandani as Chief Financial Officer, effective March 31, 2024, subject to customary regulatory approvals. 

Alimchandani will be responsible for overseeing the company’s finances and will be replacing current CFO Darren Gwozd, who is stepping down from the role.

Matthew Anfinson, CEO of Great Canadian, noted: “I am delighted to welcome Pauline to our exceptional senior management team. 

“Her extensive public company experience and deep record of successful leadership roles in finance, capital markets and financial reporting will be immensely valuable as we continue to remain focused on delivering long-term growth and creating value for our stakeholders in a socially responsible way. I look forward to her contributions.”

Alimchandani has over 18 years of experience, most recently serving as CFO for Northland Power, where she oversaw a global team across several key functions and chaired the organisation’s Investment Committee.

“I am very excited to join Great Canadian and see a significant opportunity to build upon the company’s strong financial and operational foundation, while developing capabilities that further establish the Company’s competitive advantage,” added Alimchandani.

Continent 8 Technologies

Continent 8 Technologies has grown its global commercial team with the additions of Sebastian Fernandez and Luana Monje as Sales Executives.

Fernandez and Monje will help Continent 8 with its relationships in Latin America and maximise its solutions and services potential, in addition to supporting new customers in the region, particularly in Brazil once the market launches.

Brian Koh, CCO at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Sebastian and Luana who join Continent 8 at a pivotal time for the LATAM gambling market.

“Latin America is a thriving market with a lot of latent potential, something that the opening of Brazil will help to unlock. We are well positioned to help customers looking to launch into this market, and Luana will undoubtedly play a significant role in ensuring they go live with the best infrastructure and security in place.”

Based out of Buenos Aires, Fernandez joins Continent 8 from Dell Technologies, where he worked in several roles including a Senior Systems Engineer and most recently Account Executive.

Based in Sao Paulo, Monje joins from AWS (Amazon Web Services) where she held the role of Demand Generation Representative.

Fernandez noted: “I’m excited to be joining the Continent 8 team and to bring over a decade of IT experience to this role. This is an incredibly exciting region with huge potential on the table, but organisations must have the right infrastructure in place if they are to maximise the opportunity.

“This is something that Continent 8 is renowned for, and we look forward to working with businesses across the region.”

Monje added: “I couldn’t ask for a better start to the year. I look forward to sharing my AWS expertise and knowledge of the LatAm market with the team and of course our customers.”  

Glitnor Group

Glitnor Group has strengthened its C-Level team with the appointment of Mel Camilleri-Bland.

With over 15 years’ worth of igaming experience, Camilleri-Bland will join as Chief Operations Officer for LCKY Group, replacing the outgoing COO, Cameron Brown.

Before joining Glitnor Group, Camilleri-Bland was Group Director of Compliance for BVGroup, working as Head of B2B brands, COO of Mayfly Entertainment Limited, Managing Director of Monarch Sensation and A2D Entertainment, as well as Director of Operational Excellence for BetVictor.

Camilleri-Bland commented: “Having spent over a decade-and-a-half in the igaming industry working in various management, consultancy and customer service roles across multiple continents, I’m delighted to now be able to utilise my expertise on the B2C side of Glitnor Group.

“As a business, Glitnor has made giant strides forward over the past few years and I’m really looking forward to coming in at such an exciting time for the group. The team we have here is already amazing and I sincerely hope that the skills and industry know-how that I’ve accumulated over the past 15 years can add another dimension to that as we look to take things to a whole new level in 2024 and beyond.”