PENN Entertainment, Global Gaming Women, SIS: on the move

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With comings and goings commonplace across the industry, PENN Entertainment, Global Gaming Women and SIS have seen changes to their teams this week.

PENN Entertainment

PENN Entertainment has confirmed that there will be a leadership change soon The score‘s founding family – John Levy, Benjie Levy, Aubrey Levy And Noah Levy – Resignation from their respective functions.

John will be leaving PENN in mid-February, followed by Benjie, Aubrey and Noah in April. Additionally, the company said it is in the final stages of searching for a new Head of Interactive.

“This transition plan comes at a natural inflection point as the migration to our proprietary technology platform is complete, theScore’s media and betting business is delivering record results and ESPN BET is off to a strong start,” he said Jay SnowdenCEO and President of PENN Entertainment.

“The Levys are a family of successful entrepreneurs and true pioneers in the sports media and gaming industries. I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve with them, including developing a highly competent and talented bench at PENN Interactive.

“With this experienced, world-class team, we are well prepared for a seamless transition and can further expand our position as a market leader in online gaming and sports media.”

PENN was acquired in October 2021 Score Media and GamingIntegration of theScore with PENN Interactive. Benjie became Head of Interactive and John took over as Executive Chairman of theScore.

Benjie Levy commented: “Working at PENN has been extremely rewarding and we would like to thank Jay, Todd George and the entire PENN team for their partnership and support as we brought these two organizations together to execute our uniquely integrated media and betting strategy. “

“Our focus on developing industry-leading technologies and products was even more important than our efforts to build a world-class team and create a special workplace.” We couldn’t be more proud of this team and what we’ve achieved together, and we’re excited “We look forward to watching them continue to build on the successful foundation we have established at theScore.”

John Levy added: “The Score’s continued success is thanks to the passionate and dedicated team who have helped launch, develop and innovate our products to deliver the best possible fan experience.”

“Providing fans with a seamlessly integrated media and betting experience has been a core part of our mission since day one. This strategy has led to the success of theScore and theScore Bet in Ontario and ESPN BET in the US and will continue to differentiate this online gaming business going forward.”

Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women Has appointed Lauren Bates to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

A longtime industry executive, Bates most recently served as GGW’s first vice president, a position he now holds Siobhan Lane, Light & Wonder‘s EVP and Group CEO of Gaming.

He replaces Lane as the nonprofit’s second vice president Brandi EllisSVP for VIP Marketing Caesars Entertainment. All of these appointments took effect on January 1, 2024 and run through 2026.

Bates replaces the outgoing and current GGW President Boyd Gaming Corporation SVP for Legal Operations and Regulatory Compliance Cassie Stratfordwho leaves at the end of her two-year term.

“Lauren’s demonstrated work ethic and determination have had a huge impact on Global Gaming Women’s recent growth and success, and I look forward to seeing that continue under her leadership as president,” Stratford said.

“It has been incredibly rewarding to work with so many to advance GGW’s vision to improve our industry, and thanks to the support of our sponsors and community, this new leadership team will bring their incredible energy to take our mission to new levels. “ the coming years.”

GGW has also appointed Samantha Huff-SchlüterSenior Manager – Assurance Services Group RubinBrown LLPas treasurer; Kate WhiteVice President of Intelligence & IT Program Management PENN Entertainment, as secretary; And Kelci BinauLawyer at McDonald Caranoas general counsel.

Additionally, the nonprofit organization added the following new members to its board for 2024-26: Karin BernkopfSenior Director of Marketing and Gaming IGT; Adi KasunicVice President of Human Resources The Venetian Resort Las Vegas; Tashina LazcanoDirector of Marketing and Communications Konami Gaming; Cortney LuveraSenior Manager at The Coca Cola company; Suzanne TroutEVP & CMO Cordish Gaming Group; And Julie WoodruffVice President for Finance Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee And Seminole Brighton Casino.

Bates added: “Since 2011, Global Gaming Women’s focus has been to support, inspire and influence the development of women in gaming.” Today, every member of the GGW Board is focused on the same mission.

“With the investment, success and geographic expansion achieved by outgoing President Cassie Stratford over the past two years, GGW has a solid foundation for the even greater growth that I want to achieve.”


SIS has discontinued Joel Anyaegbu as Commercial Manager – West Africa to oversee the supplier’s commercial development and international growth in the region.

Anyaegbu is based in Nigeria and brings extensive industry experience to SIS, including business operations and sales knowledge, having most recently worked as Regional Manager for betBonanza.

Joe AndrewsSales Director for Africa at SIS, said: “Joel’s proven commercial acumen in the African market will be a real asset to our plans for further international expansion by providing a range of products that will resonate with players.”

“In addition to our live draws, our 24/7 racing offering and end-to-end competitive gaming solution provide added value for operators in Africa as significant revenue drivers. We know that bettors in the region are passionate about football and our e-football product in particular will be a huge success.”

Anyaegbu will be tasked with promoting SIS’s horse and greyhound racing offering to online and retail operators, in addition to 49’s event-based sports simulation product Competitive Gaming and a range of live draws.

“The progress SIS continues to make internationally is impressive and I can’t wait to bring my industry knowledge to bear as the new Commercial Manager for West Africa,” added Anyaegbu.

“Recent content deals have demonstrated the company’s commitment to commercial expansion in regions where gamers have demonstrated interest in its content. I look forward to driving this progress.”

Continent 8 Technologies

Continent 8 Technologies has strengthened its cloud team with the addition of Matteo Gabrielli as Senior Technical Solutions Architect.

A Amazon Web Services As a specialist, Gabrielli comes to Continent 8 directly from AWS, where he worked as Senior Solutions Architect for Digital Native Businesses.

Over a period of four and a half years at AWS, Gabrielli held various positions, providing technical advice to a variety of betting and gaming companies to help them innovate and build cloud solutions on AWS.

Edward O’ConnorChief Technology Officer at Continent 8 Technologies, said: “Matteo is a very important hire as we continue to enhance our cloud offering to better support our customers in their hybrid and public cloud strategy.”

“Matteo has extensive experience with customer-focused solutions. Being able to attract someone with as much experience and talent as Matteo demonstrates our commitment to growing our cloud business and working with AWS as a progressive partner.

“Our customers already trust us to deploy and manage their AWS Outpost solutions and leverage extensive network peering with AWS; We will offer our customers much more in 2024 and our new team members will play a big role in that.”

At Continent 8, Gabrielli will be tasked with supporting and maintaining customer relationships by assisting in the delivery of AWS products and services and developing the cloud product roadmap for the company’s customer base.

Gabrielli added: “I’m excited to help Continent 8’s incredible customer base maximize the potential of the cloud.

“Continent 8 has built a great team of cloud specialists and I’m excited to be working with some really talented people as we continue to improve our offering and strengthen our relationship with customers by supporting them on their cloud journey.”

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