» BIG FISH
Big Fish, one of the world’s largest producers and distributers of casual games, has appointed Robert J. Chamberlain as chief financial officer, putting him in charge of the company’s global financial operations.
Chamberlin said that Big Fish has successfully transitioned from a legacy PC-based company into a leader in mobile games, and he looks forward to helping the company continue to build its global leadership position in the years ahead.
Chamberlin began his career at KPMG as an audit partner after graduating with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Chamberlain has been a senior financial executive for multiple growing tech companies including PopCap Games, as F5 Network’s CFO, and multiple senior financial positions at other leading technology companies.
» GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL
Currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has named advanced technology sales and marketing expert Tom Chan as business development manager in the company’s Macau laboratory, GLI Asia. A permanent resident of Macau and Hong Kong, Chan has an extensive technological background in both his professional and educational careers. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of California, Irvine, and a BA in electrical engineeringfrom the University of Hong Kong.
Most recently, Chan served as product marketing manager at Lenovo, as desktop/consumption line manager for Intel semiconductor, and as the senior sales support specialist in the semiconductor sector at Motorola. He is fluent in English, Chinese, and Putonghua.
» HARD ROCK HOTELS & CASINOS
Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos appointed Matthew Watts director of music & marketing. Watts brings over 15 years of experience in the music industry and will be focusing on the strategic development, direction and implementation of music marketing and brand partnerships for the company. He will also oversee The Sound of Your Stay music amenity program, and managers at the brand’s 20 hotels, and will be curating the sonic landscape for Hard Rock’s hotels and casinos.
Before coming to Hard Rock, Watts spearheaded the artist management department of Advanced Alternative Media, and developed his combined career of music and marketing by helping to launch the UK Record Label, Communion Records in the U.S.
Watts first entered the industry as a founding member and lead guitarist for the pop/punk band, The Starting Line, selling over 700,000 albums worldwide.
» LUCKY EAGLE HOTEL & CASINO
Lucky Eagle Hotel & Casino announced veteran casino executive Michael J. Broderick as their new vice president of marketing.
Broderick’s goals are to develop a brand that sets Lucky Eagle apart from its competition. He plans to establish the casino as an industry leader in promotions, and to “own the mailbox.”
With over 20 years of experience in Native American and corporate gaming, Broderick most recently served as executive director of casino marketing for Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, and as executive director of marketing/acting general manager at Ohkay Casino and Hotel.
He is a 16-time Silver, Gold or Diamond Romero Award winner for excellence in casino marketing and is frequently published in numerous industry magazines on topics ranging from behavioral marketing to casino-resort operations.
» MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International has brought on Lilian Tomovich as its first chief experience officer (CXO). Tomovich’s role will reinforce the resort company’s commitment to delivering extraordinary customer experiences across its 15 hospitality and entertainment brands. Her goal is to continuously improve the guest experience company wide, by creating and executing unique guest interactions across all marketing channels.
Tomovich had 20 years of marketing communications experience in the financial services, telecom and retail industries, before coming to MGM Resorts from MasterCard International. Tomovich held senior marketing positions at LoyaltyOne, where she was responsible for the brand in Canada.
Tomovich’s marketing work has been recognized by numerous industry awards, and she holds a MBA from Wayne State University, Michigan.
» SCIENTIFIC GAMES
Scientific Games, a leading developer of technology-based products and services for worldwide gaming and lottery markets, has appointed Dan Savage as vice president corporate marketing.
Savage will work closely with the company’s gaming, lottery and interactive groups to identify, evaluate and leverage opportunities to grow player appeal and positioning in the marketplace. He will also be providing leadership in the planned integration of Scientific Games and Bally Technologies.
Previously, Savage served as vice president corporate marketing at Bally from 2008 until 2013, and was responsible for overall branding, products and product differentiation. Savage was also a head of one of the business units of 3M Company, where he served as global business manager for 3M Touch Systems.