Team will oversee development and execution of a “business transformation strategy”

Aristocrat Leisure is establishing a new executive team to oversee development and execution of what the global slot giant calls a “business transformation strategy”.

As announced by CEO Jamie Odell, the new team includes Toni Korsanos as chief financial officer, Julius Patta as chief technology officer, Sam Nickless, named “business transformation director,” and Patrick McGlinchey, appointed chief legal officer and company secretary.

Korsanos joined Aristocrat in 2007 as general manager of Group Finance and brings to the new position almost two decades of financial and general management experience. He replaces Simon Kelly, who was scheduled to leave the company on July 31.

Patta’s specialties are software engineering and game design and development. He has led a number of leading-edge gaming operations and technology businesses in North America, Australia and Europe. He replaces Gareth Phillips, who will continue with the company in a senior advisory capacity. Patta will be based in the United States.

Nickless has more than 15 years’ experience leading complex strategic change programs, most recently at the National Australia Bank and previously with McKinsey & Company in Australia and in the United States.

McGlinchey has extensive international corporate, commercial and governance experience with both listed companies and private practice.

Other key appointments include Trevor Croker, named managing director of Aristocrat’s Australia and New Zealand business, and Warren Jowett, who takes on responsibility for markets outside Australia, New Zealand and the Americas as managing director/EMEA, Asia Pacific and Japan. He replaces Rob McLoughlin, who will retire on October 31.

Nick Khin, president of Aristocrat Americas, will continue in his current role.

The research and development department will be renamed “Design and Development” and will continue to be led by David Hughes with the title of chief design and development officer.

Details of the new strategy will be shared when the company announces its half-year results on August 25, Odell said.