Casio Executive News: May 2015
GAMING LABORATORIES INTERNATIONAL (GLI)
GLI has appointed Brais Pena to its EMEA development team, Alex Bertone as the tribal development representative for the Oklahoma tribal gaming market, and Justine Kelleher to manager of supplier development.
Pena will be based in the company’s GLI Spain office in Barcelona, where he will lend his expertise to the company’s clients through its broad range of services. He brings an incredible wealth of iGaming experience to GLI and its global client base. Prior to GLI, Pena was product and affiliate manager for Luckia Games, managing the company’s sportsbook, casino and poker products. He has also served as CEO of PKComunicacion Gaming and affiliate manager for Akamon Entertainment, focusing on social gaming products.
Bertone brings with her a depth of knowledge in Class II Gaming System compliance as well as sales and development. Most recently she served as an account executive for Rocket Gaming Systems, where she was responsible for key accounts in Oklahoma and throughout the southeast. Previously, she served as compliance administrator for Rocket Gaming Systems, where she was responsible for product submissions with the independent testing laboratories and tribal gaming agencies.
Kelleher has been with GLI since 2012, serving as a supplier development repres entative prior to ascending to her new role. She brings a unique view and wealth of casino operations experience and customer service to her clients, having worked in-casino at both tribal and non-tribal operations. Kelleher works primarily with land-based suppliers in Nevada, Southern California and Texas, and her extended territory spans North America.
Interblock, known for its luxury gaming products and multiplayer gaming machines, has appointed Colleen McKenna as vice president of marketing. With over 20 years of corporate and agency experience, she will lead a dynamic team of marketing professionals to the next level.
McKenna was recently a director at Fortune 500 Symantec—the fifth largest software company in the world—where she spent 17 years as a global executive within their marketing department.
She is recognized as an innovative marketer, leading trend-setting initiatives that leverage creativity and entertainment to reach new customer segments and extend the brand. Previous to Symantec, McKenna led corporate communications for Mitsubishi Electric America, where she spent time working in the Tokyo office for the company as well as for global public relations agency, H+K Strategies, where she served clients such of Nintendo America.
Compliance experts NMi have hired Simon Fowler as security business manager in the execution of a plan to develop and extend the company’s existing security and auditing services. Fowler, who has significant experience in global companies across the defense, finance and telco industries, joins the UK gaming division at their laboratory base in Bangor, North Wales, to lead the security business.
With the increase in activity in the UK following the new United Kingdom Gambling Commission guidelines, Fowler will hold responsibility for consolidating existing services and heading the strategic development of NMi’s dynamic security compliance solutions.
Fowler is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP) and GIAC certified forensic analyst (GCFA)—qualifications which certify an individual’s knowledge in the field of information security.
Spin Games, a rising leader in interactive games and technology, has appointed David Durst as vice president of sales for their North America region. He will be responsible for executing and achieving Spin Games’ strategic objectives for sales and will also head Spin’s subsidiary company, Respin LLC, which distributes secondary bonusing technology. Durst’s experience in the gaming industry spans over 25 years and he has a wealth of experience and relationships. His previous roles include director of gaming system sales at IGT and director of sales for Mikohn. Most recently, he served as sales manager of the western region for Bally Technologies.
TCSJOHNHUXLEY, a leading manufacturer and supplier of gaming equipment and table game technology, has appointed Pedro De Matos head of global operations. He will focus on UK and European operations, leveraging the global operational network to provide synergy to the group’s corporate strategy.
Matos comes to TCSJOHNHUXLEY with extensive gaming industry knowledge having worked for Aristocrat Technologies since 2006, most recently in the position of general manager of EMEA. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring the company achieved strategic objectives and operational outcomes. He implemented change management to ensure operational efficiencies were extracted across the region and transformed the business by seeking new revenue streams and improving recurring revenue.
“With recent appointments we are evolving our business to meet the demands of our customers who rely on us to support their businesses,” said Tristan Sjöberg, executive chairman for TCSJOHNHUXLEY. “Pedro brings proven leadership and extensive operating experience to this new role, which will further align our global team for maximum effectiveness.”