The Global Gaming Awards are happy to announce the remaining Shortlist for the Executive of the Year category, sponsored by Bragg Gaming.
The World wide Gaming Awards are the most reputable and prestigious Awards in the gaming marketplace, not only since of the demanding voting system, independently adjudicated by KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, but also simply because each and every shortlisted business is nominated for a unique cause, which is then publicly declared. The Govt of the calendar year group is no exception.
“There are so lots of people that are entitled to recognition for pushing not just their companies ahead but the whole sector,” claimed Julian Perry, Editor-in-Main of Gambling Insider. “Regrettably we can not recognise completely anyone but we’ve experimented with our finest by generating this the only World Gaming Awards group with 25 nominees fairly than 10.”
The full Shortlist for each individual classification will be released in the community domain in the coming months and the winners will be introduced in April. For now, we are delighted to share the complete checklist of nominees in the Executive of the yr category, with the cause why each and every of them has been nominated. And the nominees are:
- Brigid Simmonds, Chair, Betting & Gaming Council – Simmonds has held the situation of Chair due to the fact the BGC was established in 2019. She has overseen a further prosperous calendar year, which has placed higher target on the impact of gambling on younger gamers. In addition, she labored tough to campaign both for the sector and to boost benchmarks in the sector.
- David Newton, CEO, Paddy Power Retail – Now at Paddy Electric power for above 10 a long time, Newton has overseen the development of the retail brand, which boasts 625 betting retailers across the British isles and Ireland. Newton has led the retail branch to recover from the pandemic-enforced closure with Paddy Electric power-proprietor Flutter Amusement saying that British isles betting shop earnings has jumped larger than pre-Covid levels given that reopening in June.
- Marina Ostrovtsova, Executive Director, BGaming – Setting up to operate as an Govt Director from BGaming’s inception, Marina showed herself as a trusted and energetic chief. She released a substantial variety of tasks and processes that have been appreciated by operators all around the globe. Marina has productively recognized all the advancement and internet marketing procedures from the ground up that allowed BGaming to grow to be a dependable and creative sport studio.
- Itai Pazner, CEO, 888 Holdings – Under Pazner’s leadership 888 Holdings enjoyed a period of time of outstanding strategic progress in the past 12 thirty day period. He guided the organization to secure a £2.2 billion offer to buy William Hill’s European enterprise (a landmark instant in 888’s record) even though at the same time rising the company’s critical products verticals of online on line casino, sport and poker.
- Carsten Koerl, Group CEO, Sportradar – For 20+ a long time, Sportradar CEO & founder, Carsten Koerl has blended sports activities and analytics. Right now, Sportradar is the world’s foremost stop-to-conclusion technological innovation provider in the field of sporting activities with 2,300+ workers in 19 international locations. Below his leadership, Sportradar helped retain the sporting activities betting business alive for the duration of the pandemic with proprietary in-property articles & ground breaking means of offering new solutions. In September 2021, Sportradar debuted on Nasdaq with a valuation of almost US$8 billion.
- Todd Haushalter, Main Merchandise Officer, Evolution – Todd oversees all features of Evolution’s vastly profitable game titles which include new item growth. Less than his management in 2021 Evolution brought the preferred Lightning brand to the player favourite Blackjack improved the Baccarat working experience in Asia with the thrilling Crimson Envelope multiplier element and launched more final decision-earning and approach into the company’s stay video game exhibits to extend the house to a broader and new audience.
- Katerina Belorusskaya, Founder, Parimatch Tech – Belorusskaya is actively involved in forming the make-up of Parimatch Tech, a whole lot of its HR, PR and CSR capabilities. In the earlier 12 months she concentrated far more on company control, money and expertise management – placing folks at the coronary heart of the business enterprise. In addition, she serves as Chairwoman of the Parimatch Foundation, which can help the societies in which Parimatch operates in a quantity of ways.
- John Connelly, CEO, Interblock Gaming – Interblock CEO John Connelly is a highly regarded chief with 30 furthermore yrs of expertise in the gaming sector and a distinguished document of business enhancement, innovation, mergers and acquisitions. He made health and fitness and safety a precedence, when methodically ramping-up R&D endeavours and offering unique methods that have aided in bringing gamers back again to the casino ground. Connelly’s unwavering commitment to the sector will blaze the path for the long term of electronic desk online games.
- Maris Catania, Head of Liable Gaming and Investigation, Kindred Group – Kindred Team is one of the market leaders when it arrives to Dependable Gambling efforts and a good deal of it is down to the operate completed by its Head of Responsible Gambling and Exploration – Maris Catania. Maris is also 1 of the essential individuals involved in organising the Sustainable Gambling Conference which has now develop into a critical occasion for operators.
- Michael Daly, CEO, Catena Media – Prior to stepping into the CEO part, Daly transformed Catena’s expanding US media functions. In just about a yr as CEO he has led the tremendous-affiliate to accomplish wonderful economic effects in 2021 (like doubling the revenue in Japan in Q3), positioning the business for even more advancement in the subsequent 12 months.
- Gustaf Hagman, Team CEO, LeoVegas – Gustaf Hagman has over 20 decades of experience in entrepreneurship and the on-line gaming industry and has formerly built organisations to around 100 personnel. As the group’s CEO Gustaf works with the company’s tactic and organizing and leads the company to reach the goals that the board and the homeowners have established up. Below his leadership LeoVegas has continually shown favourable revenue development, with the previous 12 months becoming no exception.
- Stéphane Pallez, Chairwoman and CEO, FDJ – Stéphane Pallez has managed to rework French nationwide-lottery operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) and has led the firm to expand to on the internet sports betting. Underneath her management the team reported advancement across all areas of its company in H1 and Q3 2021. In Q2 only FDJ verified a recovery in its enterprise to stages higher than all those recorded right before the pandemic.
- Jesper Søgaard, Co-Founder & CEO, Better Collective – Under Søgaard’s leadership in 2021 affiliate Far better Collective closed a $240m acquisition of the Action Community, the most significant offer in the company’s record. Also he steered the firm to rapidly enter the recently re-launched Dutch igaming market with the acquisition of two Dutch sports activities media brand names and improved the company’s dedication to dependable gambling by launching the Gamalyze self-assessment tool on its most important athletics betting media models.
- Cecilia Wachtmeister, EVP Organization & Team Functions, Kambi – Splitting her time concerning the company’s London and Stockholm places of work, Cecilia earned praise for her administration of the commercial, advertising and strategic directives over the earlier year. In individual the commercial team led by her has achieved phenomenal outcomes, with Kambi more than doubling its revenue in H1 2021.
- Vigen Badalyan, Founder & CEO, BetConstruct – Vigen Badalyan continued to just take both BetConstruct and VBet to new heights in 2021. Under his leadership VBet secured licence approval in the Ukrainian industry, and BetConstruct kept strengthening its place as a leading athletics betting and igaming supplier by launching a amount of new ground breaking goods such as Arms-Do, Categorical Roulette, SpringBuilder X, and so on.
- Aiste Garneviciene, COO, BetGames – Aiste has made BetGames the most thrilling provider across the Stay Casino and Seller verticals. The company’s immersive betting knowledge, ease-of-use, high guess fees and file-minimal CPAs make sure a hugely capable advancement method underneath her management. Integral to developing BetGames’ unique merchandise, which includes her really personal War of Bets, she has crafted the company’s success because 2012 throughout Europe and Africa, even though her personal administration type has nurtured a comfortable but helpful place of work.
- Martina Åkerlund, CEO, Triggy – Following a amount of yrs used in banking and finance, a small around a 12 months ago Åkerlund took above the CEO role at Stockholm-based mostly in-perform sporting activities betting options provider Triggy. Due to the fact then she has led the brand as it has slice through the marketplace with its skill to hook up athletics information, stay odds and consumer insights. Less than her management final year Triggy partnered with super-affiliate Improved Collective for the launch of stay-score cellular apps throughout a array of marketplaces.
- Dima Reiderman, COO, BtoBet – Reiderman was key in BtoBet’s agreements with Tier 1 operators William Hill and Betfair in Latin The usa, with the top bookmakers starting to be a single of the initially world-wide B2B companions to leverage BtoBet’s position in the marketplace given that its acquisition by Aspire International. This has led the business to tremendously consolidate its already primary situation in the location, whilst growing its footprint drastically in Europe and Africa by means of strategic partnerships.
- Daniela Johansson, Main Duty Officer and Deputy CEO, Paf – Johansson has overseen an significant yr in Paf’s 55-12 months heritage. The enterprise just lately lowered its decline limit further, ensuring players are responsibly safeguarded when gambling. She also oversees the company’s development in conditions of environmental sustainability and has pledged to get the job done on reducing Paf’s climate effects both of those in the shorter phrase and in the very long term.
- Dylan Slaney, CEO iGaming, SG Digital – OpenGaming by Scientific Games is the industry’s main digital content material aggregation system, thanks to the really hard function and leadership revealed by CEO iGaming, Dylan Slaney. The OGS aggregation platform has achieved new heights with new information extra from significant providers, which include Evolution, NetEnt and Playtech. Dylan’s eyesight has also led to SG Digital’s initial-ever acquisition of a live on line casino service provider, Genuine Gaming, and the obtain of Lightning Box to enhance its supplying.
- Renato Ascoli, CEO World-wide Gaming, IGT – Under Ascoli’s Leadership in 2021 IGT emerged as a chief in cashless gaming and released a huge portfolio of new video games and cupboards into the industry. IGT is perfectly-positioned for new chances in APAC, LAC and EMEA. Ascoli mentors the next generation of leaders and is the executive co-sponsor of Pride with IGT, a group that supports initiatives elevated by members of IGT’s LGBTQ+ community.
- Mor Weizer, CEO, Playtech – Mor Weizer has steered Playtech and its people today via with compassion, determination and clarity. Less than his management, Playtech has emerged from the challenges of the COVID pandemic as a more robust, a lot more sustainable company whilst retaining its determination to its folks, and elevating marketplace specifications. He has implemented a variety of initiatives to generate extended-time period sustainable adjust in Playtech and the wider business. Inspite of the several industrial and organisational challenges, he has served as the top advocate for safer gambling innovation.
- Denise Coates, Founder and Joint CEO, guess365 – Denise Coates is synonymous with the sector alone, as is the Coates relatives on the whole. Now into its third 10 years of procedure, bet365 carries on to go from power-to-strength less than Coates’ management. It carries on to drive dependable gambling awareness, whilst Coates herself donates considerably to charitable brings about on an annual basis.
- Mark Locke, CEO, Genius Sports – Details and technological innovation agency Genius Sporting activities has loved a effective 12 months beneath Locke’s management, launching on the NYSE and thus moving into a complete new chapter in the company’s history. He also led the organization to attain strong financial results in the past 12 months, for occasion Q3 2021 observed Genius Sports activities income leap 70% YoY, pushed by development across all business segments.
- Jette Nygaard-Andersen, CEO, Entain – Soon after getting appointed CEO of Entain in January 2021, Nygaard-Andersen has revolutionised the firm, positioning it very well for sustainable growth by putting in extra energy in accountability and innovation. Beneath her leadership Entain has not only shown favourable financial final results for the past 12 months, but also introduced fantastic strategies focusing on world-wide communities this kind of as EnTrain, a multi-million-pound worldwide initiative to raise obtain to engineering and increase variety.
This class is sponsored by Bragg Gaming – the world wide gaming technology and information team and operator of leading B2B iGaming providers, although the World wide Gaming Awards London are powered by Gambling Insider. The London edition of the function recognises organizations and people with superb efficiency outside of the Americas above the past 12 months.
BetConstruct is the event’s lead lover and the voting course of action is independently adjudicated by KPMG in the Crown Dependencies, to be certain total transparency and fairness. Classification sponsors involve Digitain, BGaming, Have faith in Payments, Altenar, SOFTSWISS, AstroPay, Stakelogic and EGT Interactive.