Sep 06, 2017
A new direction for Betsson as it says goodbye to CEO Ulrik Bengtsson, while Japanese integrated resort hopefuls begin to staff up and a trio of new appointments join Konami’s US outpost. 1. Europe Ulrik Bengtsson , the now former CEO of Swedish-based Betsson, has completed his sudden and immediate resignation from the helm of the international operator. He is to be temporarily replaced by Pontus Lindwall until the company can source a permanent appointee. ”Ulrik Bengtsson has done a good job for Betsson during the five years he has been employed by the Group,” said Lindwall, who is also chairman of the board. Bengtsson was quoted in the Swedish press as saying that he and the board were looking to go in “different directions”. Genius Sports has appointed sports lawyer Kevin Carpenter to the position of special counsel, Sports Integrity. Carpenter will lead the delivery of Genius Sports’ educational and consultancy services to sports. Most recently he was appointed as the first chair of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and as a member of the Badminton World Federation’s External Judicial Experts Group. Scientific Games has appointed Leigh Nissim as the company’s managing director, B2B interactive with responsibilities for overseeing the company’s remote game server (RGS) and SG Universe businesses. Nissim will be based in London with global responsibilities. Previously, Nissim served as chief executive of NEKTAN, a publicly traded B2B mobile gaming solutions and services provider. Jordan Levin , who has been part of the company’s interactive leadership team since 2012, will now move into a full focus on corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and driving key strategic initiatives for Scientific Games. The self-styled "casual-real money games" developer Glück Games has announced the appointment of a new chief technology officer in the form of Rafael Razim . The former founder of Malta-based GimiGames has also been appointed to the role of "late co-founder", 18 months after the company originally launched. 2. North America Konami Gaming has made several new appointments in support of continued growth and expansion across key operational areas. Spencer Peterson has been promoted to vice president, technical compliance. In addition, Konami has promoted Shanna Grimes to senior director, human resources, and Anthony Bocuzzo was named senior director, manufacturing and logistics to lead games and systems purchasing, inventory, shipping/receiving, production and more. Kevin Brown has been re-elected chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council for a second four-year term. Brown, who was first elected chairman in 2013, and three other incumbents — Kathy Regan-Pyne , William Quidgeon Jr ., and James Gessner Jr . — were elected to the council. Sarah Harris , a newcomer, was also elected to the council. NYX Gaming Group Limited has hired Steve Mayes as its new third-party sales director. In his role, Mayes will be responsible for growing NYX Gaming’s network of third-party suppliers including game developers, payment providers and trading services across its sportsbook, casino, lottery and bingo operations. Mayes joins the company from Playtech. Gino Del Pup has joined JACK Entertainment as vice president of design and construction, pending regulatory approvals. In his new role, Del Pup is responsible for all design and construction activities, including remodels and expansions, and facility capital improvements for the gaming and entertainment company's portfolio of properties. He joins JACK Entertainment from Plante Moran CRESA, where he was senior vice president of project management. 3. Asia-Pacific MGM Resorts bolstered its Japanese team with the appointment of former US Embassy charge d’affaires Jason Hyland as president and representative officer of MGM Resorts Japan. Japanese-speaking Hyland’s duties at the embassy in Tokyo included liaising with top government officials and close work with the American Chamber of Commerce and the Japan Tourism Agency, in addition to supervision of hundreds of embassy and consular staff. MGM reiterated it will send specialists from the United States to Japan to reinforce the company’s presence “as it works to realise a Japanese [integrated] resort”. Its new office was scheduled to open on September 1 in Otemachi, Tokyo. Caesars Entertainment also announced a major hire for its Japanese integrated resort campaign with the appointment of banking professional Yusuke Watanabe as vice president of Asia development and head of Japan business development. Watanabe previously worked for Morgan Stanley, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and JP Morgan. Southeast and South Asian gaming services provider Silver Heritage announced the departure of Tim Shepherd , company co-founder and president of business development and marketing, effective from September 30. Conference circuit regular Shepherd will continue to act as an external consultant to the company as the opening of Nepalese border casino hotel Tiger Palace Resort Bhairahawa nears. The company also announced the appointment of finance and business development veteran Robert Benussi as independent non-executive director. Australian gaming mogul James Packer rejoined the board of Crown Resorts on August 3 after a period of turmoil and divestment of foreign assets, while Guy Jalland was also appointed director on the same day. Jalland is CEO of the Packer family-owned company Consolidated Press Holdings and former general counsel for affiliates PBL and Consolidated Media Holdings. Australian wagering giant Tabcorp Holdings said retiring Wagering and Media business director Craig Nugent will be replaced by Adam Rytenskild on December 1. Rytenskild has been with the company since 2000, with positions including COO of Gaming Services and Keno, and executive roles in the company’s multi-channel Distribution arm. His new role also assumes the merger of Tabcorp and Tatts Group, now under court review, given that he will take charge of the Tatts Group’s wagering division.