Getting to know: Gavin Isaacs

If there’s anyone busier in the gaming space than Gavin Isaac, we don’t know them. Ladies and gentlemen… Mr Gavin Isaacs.

leading the negotiations to buy his former employer while at Scientific Games in November 2013 for $1.3 billion; a 37% premium in share price and at sector high multiple. Prior to joining Bally Isaacs spent seven years with Aristocrat Technologies in several roles including President, Managing Director and marketing and business development in Las Vegas, London and Sydney.

Having a 1961 Act dictate how we need to create games solutions and entertainment for the Gaming Industry nearly 60 years later does not make sense


n January of this year it was announced that Gavin Isaacs would be joining SBTech as its new Non-Exec Chairman. Previously CEO at Scientific Games, Isaacs is a qualified lawyer with a proven track record of successfully leading and establishing companies on strong growth trajectories.

At Scientific Games Isaacs was responsible for championing game-changing mergers and acquisitions and growing the global lottery and gaming supplier from $1.3 billion to $2.9 billion revenues in just two years.

Prior to joining Scientific Games in 2014, he was CEO of SHFL Entertainment, where he grew the company to record revenues, globally expanded its slot business, and created a series of commercial opportunities in speciality table-game brands both in land-based casinos and online.

Isaac also spent five years as COO and Executive Vice President at Bally Entertainment, eventually

Casino International Online: So Gavin… why SBTech and why now? Gavin Isaacs: When I decided to move on from full-time leadership in land-based supplier companies, I wanted to do something in the areas which I believed were important for the future. As a strong believer in online, I saw sports betting as a necessary and obvious initial approach for the US market. I looked at all the advanced offerings in Europe and felt SBTech had the right mix of leading technology, architecture and energy. I met the key players, spent time understanding and testing their objectives and philosophy and was very excited and honoured when they asked me to join their team.

Commenting on Isaacs’ appointment, CEO of SBTech, Richard Carter said: “We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech. This is a huge coup for the business; Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow.”

CIO: What sets SBTech’s technology and capabilities above the others? GI: The architecture of the product makes it easier to support all the customers and stay up to date with innovations and necessary regulatory changes. I was very excited by the energy and aptitude of the team.

CIO: What experience have you gathered during your previous appointments that you think will serve you best at SBTech? GI: I’ve been involved in so many great changes over the years… from opening markets for companies ranging from Russia to the USA, bringing new innovations to market, being involved in many

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