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CASINO NEWS
People
Mark Gasser is the new President of Gasser
Chair Company, where he has worked since 1973,
becoming Executive Vice President in 1985. The
role was previously held by Gary Gasser, who
remains Chairman and CEO. The Ohio firm
specialises in seating for the hospitality and
gaming sectors.
Erik Wijma has been named Sales Director at
Suzo Happ, based at its Netherlands
headquarters. He joined the company in 2003 as Sales Manager for France,
Switzerland and Italy.
Apex Gaming Europe has responded to growing business in Italy, Spain
and South America by appointing Darek Borowiec to head a new Spanish
subsidiary and Franz Plasser to focus on Italian and Latin American markets.
Kip Haverman, JCM Global’s Western Regional Sales Manager, has been
appointed Director of Sales for North America. A 20-year veteran of the gaming
sector, Haverman worked for AC Coin and Slot, and others, before joining JCM.
Aristocrat Technologies has named William Wilsnagh as Managing
Director for Africa and Europe, based in Johannesburg, and Daniel Lindsay as
General Manager for Europe, based in London.
The International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), a nonprofit
organisation working on the development and study of gaming law, has
installed its officers for 2010. Paul S. West, a member of McGlinchey
Stafford in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, becomes President; Gavin Isaacs, COO
of Bally Technologies, becomes Vice President; Marc Rubinstein, Senior Vice
President of Law and Administration and Secretary of Tropicana
Entertainment in Las Vegas, becomes Secretary; Julian Harris, Managing
Partner of Harris Hagan, London, becomes Treasurer; and Thomas B.
Shepherd III, a shareholder in Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis of Jackson,
Mississippi, becomes General Counsel.
Luke Davis, formerly Product Communications Manager, is the new Head
of Marketing at TCSJohnHuxley. Before joining the firm in 2005, he was
Marketing Communications Manager at Fujifilm Electronic Imaging.
French casino operator JoaGroupe has a new Marketing Director in Pauline
Boyer Martin, who also joins the board. Martin came to JoaGroupe in 2007
from Kookai.
Table games technology maker DEQ Systems has recruited Bryan Jenkins
as its representative in Australasia and southeast Asia. Jenkins’s past
experience in the sector includes a long period as Managing Director of
TCSJohnHuxley’s business in the region.
David Greaves joined Innocore Gaming as Operations Director in
December. His career has included roles at Black and Decker and De La Rue.
Printer maker Transact Technologies has recruited Lee Weyers as VP of
Sales for the casino and gaming sectors, with global responsibilities.
Joaquín Franco Muñoz, joint founder of Spain’s Recreativos Franco Group,
died in Madrid in November at the age of 70. He established Recreativos
Franco with his brother Jesús in 1975, and was also instrumental in setting
up the Codere and Orenes groups.
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