Scientific Games Corp. ("Scientific Games" or the "company") recently announced the appointment of Shawn G. Williams as chief human resources officer (CHRO), reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sheehan. Williams' appointment comes as Gary Melampy, the company's current CHRO, has announced his retirement.

In this role, Williams will be responsible for developing and executing Scientific Games' global human resource (HR) strategy in support of the company's long-term business strategies. His specific focus areas will be talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation, succession planning and culture.

"Shawn brings over two decades of experience and proven success driving performance and results in global organizations in the technology sector, with a focus on HR, operations, corporate strategy and business transformation," said Sheehan. "Our shared passion for entrepreneurship and organizational development will serve us well as we continue to grow our business, hire and develop the best people, and drive a high-performance culture."

Williams joins Scientific Games after serving in a number of high-level executive roles. Most recently, he served as co-founder of Defi LLC, a consulting firm for technology start-ups providing business strategy, operations, marketing, investment capital and financial management expertise.

Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Houston, and completed executive leadership programs at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. and Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.