Scientific Games names Isaacs as CEO

11 June 2014

Gaming solutions provider Scientific Games has appointed former Bally Technologies executive vice-president and chief operating officer Gavin Isaacs as its new chief executive officer.

Isaacs will succeed David Kennedy in the role with immediate effect, but Kennedy will retain his position as executive vice-chairman of the board.

Isaacs most recently served as chief executive officer of SHFL Entertainment from April 2011 through to November 2013 when the company was acquired by Bally.

Prior to his time at Bally between May 2006 and March 2011, he held senior roles at Aristocrat Leisure including global marketing and business development and managing director of Aristocrat’s European subsidiary.

Isaacs is also a trustee and former president of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

“Scientific Games has a skilled worldwide organisation that is focused on improving performance and growth,” Isaacs said.

“In collaboration with the entire Scientific Games team, I look forward to working together as we concentrate on creating and distributing innovative products and services to our customers, completing the integration of WMS and enhancing stockholder value.”

Ronald Perelman, chairman of Scientific Games, added: “Gavin is a very talented and seasoned gaming industry executive with the necessary skills to lead our Company to the next level of growth and performance.

“He has an impressive track record of success and is recognised for his dynamic leadership.

“We believe his focus on customer relationships, strategic thinking and expertise in growing innovation-focused businesses make him the ideal choice to lead our efforts to achieve greater profitability and increased cash flow.”

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