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Personnel Moves - May 2017   A radical overhaul of the British Horseracing Authority, controversial casino executive Jack Lam departing Jimei International and some changes at the top for Pinnacle are among the staff shake-ups taking place across the gambling industry.  Europe The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed that David Pemberton is to become its new chief operating officer. ... North America Anthony Sanfilippo has been elected chairman of the board at Pinnacle Entertainment, succeeding James Martineau. Sanfilippo will continue in his position as chief executive of Pinnacle and Martineau will continue as an independent director on the company's board. Charles L. Atwood has been appointed to the newly-created position of lead independent director. Sanfilippo joined Pinnacle in 2010. ... Middle East A pair of senior executive appointments has been confirmed at 888, as the online firm promotes two long-serving namesakes. Yaniv Schwartz, currently the head of B2B subsidiary Dragonfish, will become senior vice president, head of customer risk management. ... Asia-Pacific Jack Lam, the wanted gaming and property mogul whose Fontana casino-resort in the Philippines was raided and shut down in November, resigned as chairman and executive director of his Hong Kong-listed gaming vehicle Jimei International Entertainment on May 31. ...  To read the full content,  click here . 
Personnel Moves - April 2017   The departures continue at William Hill, as a busy month for European hiring is joined by casino movement in North America and Asia. Europe Sportech is set to begin the hunt for a new chairman of the board, after industry veteran and current chairman Roger Withers announced that he will be retiring and stepping down from his role at the company’s next annual general meeting on May 24. ... North America Kewadin Casinos named Ron Olson its new CEO, the Sault Ste. Marie-based tribal enterprise announced. Olson replaces Mike Olujic , who left after less than one year for other opportunities. Olson joins Kewadin after serving as CEO of Dakota Nation Gaming Enterprise for three years in North Dakota. ... Asia-Pacific Las Vegas Sands’ Macau subsidiary Sands China has named Dave Sun MinQi as senior vice president and CFO of the company, according to an April 24 stock market filing. ...  To read the full content, click here.  
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Thursday approved proposed changes to the state’s regulations governing electronic games, while also discussing a proposal to revoke mandatory licensure of outside directors of casino companies. The five-member commission requested gaming industry comment on the state’s requirement for licensing of outside directors, with most of the responses asking for a reciprocity policy or a more basic background check.  “Recruiting outside directors is a constant challenge for licensed gaming companies,” Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), said in a letter to the commission. To read the article take a trial with GamblingCompliance here >> 
Casino Employees May Soon Be Able To Gamble In Ohio Ohio is moving closer to scrapping an unusual ban that prevents thousands of casino employees from gambling in their home state. House Bill 32 would overturn a rule that has been in effect since shortly after Ohio voters legalized casino in 2009. The existing law makes casino betting for employees a first-degree misdemeanor. Subsequent offences are fifth-degree felonies, according to the Casino Control Law. The purpose of the law was to lessen the risk that casino employees might use their knowledge to collude with other employees and cheat the casino. Since the law was enacted in September 2010, “no casino operator or employee has been charged with a violation,” according to a fiscal note from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.  To read the full article, take a trial with GamblingCompliance here >>  
Personnel Moves - March 2017   A gaggle of William Hill appointments at board and executive level lead personnel shake-ups around the world, including a promotion for MGM's Aaron Fischer to the position of chief strategy officer and a new appointment at the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Europe William Hill has confirmed that Philip Bowcock has been named chief executive, having held the post on an interim basis since July. ... North America Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Dale Zahn to the Michigan Gaming Control Board. Zahn is the chief executive of the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of Realtors. ... Asia-Pacific Wynn Resorts general counsel and executive vice president Kim Sinatra has been appointed to the board of subsidiary Wynn Macau, effective from April 1. Sinatra, 56, who has been with Wynn Resorts since 2004, will serve on the Wynn Macau board for three years, according to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. ...  To read the full content, click here. 
Totalizator Sportowy, Poland’s national lottery behemoth, has selected Olgierd Cieślik as its new chief executive, handing him the task of squaring its new slot machine operations and its online casino monopoly with European law. Following the resignation of his predecessor Łukasz Łazarewicz last month, the new CEO is set to face a raft of challenges related to Poland’s new gambling law, which will partly enter into force on April 1, 2017. To read the full article, click here .
Personnel Moves - February 2017   The chief executive of Australian casino operator Crown Resorts has been ousted amid falling revenues and regulatory difficulties in China, while the ex-CEOs of online betting company Betclic and Connecticut's Mohegan Sun are returning to their former roles after the resignation of their successors. Europe The executive committee of the European Lotteries has announced the appointment of Arjan van’t Veer as the association's new secretary general. Van’t Veer currently serves as the director of corporate affairs at Dutch lottery operator Nederlandse Loterij.  ... North America The U.S. House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a new chairman.  ... Asia-Pacific Crown Resorts has fired CEO Rowen Craigie  after reporting falling revenue results in the fourth quarter. ...  To read the full content, click here . 
Management bloodshed at Australian casino and hotel operator Crown Resorts has peaked amid falling revenue and staff detentions in China with the removal of long-time CEO Rowen Craigie in favour of Packer family lieutenant John Alexander. One month after Alexander replaced the ousted Robert Rankin as Crown Resorts chairman, the company will on Tuesday install the former newspaper editor and veteran Packer family ally in an executive chairman role combining chairman, executive deputy chairman and CEO. To read the full article, click here .
Personnel Moves - January 2017   Sweden's top gambling regulator has announced plans to step down in May, while new regulatory officials have been appointed in California, West Virginia and Chile. Europe Håkan Hallstedt, director general of Swedish gambling authority Lotteriinspektionen, has announced he will step down in May, four months before his second and final term at the regulator was due to end. ... North America Paula LaBrie has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to join the California Gambling Control Commission. ... Asia-Pacific Melco Crown Entertainment has continued a major restructuring of executives and board members in the wake of David Sisk’s appointment as Studio City president in September and Ted Chan’s resignation as chief operations officer two months later. ... Latin America Chile's finance minister has appointed Vivien Villagran as the new superintendent of the country's federal casino regulator, the Superintendencia de Casinos De Juego (SCJ).   To read the full content, click here. 
Personnel Moves - December 2016   Ron Hoffman has been promoted to the position of chief executive of Playtech's Financials Division, while new head regulators have been appointed in Spain and Buenos Aires. Europe In recent moves at Playtech, Ron Hoffman has been promoted to full-time chief executive of the Financials Division; he will step down from the board immediately. Andrew Smith, currently head of investor relations, will take over from Hoffman as chief financial officer and will join the board as an executive director. ... North America Hydra Industries announced plans this month to appoint Daniel Silvers as chief strategy officer when it completes its acquisition of Inspired Gaming. ... Asia-Pacific The New South Wales (NSW) state government has appointed management consultant Sarah Dinning and solicitor Samantha Zouroudis to the board of the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority (ILGA).  ... Latin America Buenos Aires Governor Maria Eugenia Vidal has appointed Matias Lanusse to serve as director of the province's gaming and lotteries regulator IPLyC.   To read the full content, click here .