Monday
Aug012016

I had a Great Time

The Friday before last brought to a close one of the most enjoyable chapters of my career to date – my time at IGT.  
On joining over four years ago from a small gaming start-up, I could never have imagined what a great journey was ahead.
As their digital leader in cash gambling, it was a privilege to work across the entire interactive gambling sector. This took me around the globe, and allowed me to meet almost all of our industry’s major operators, regulators, suppliers and journalists in some capacity or another.  
There was lots of travel to some amazing places – Las Vegas, Canada, Barcelona, Finland, Malta, Gibraltar, Rome, to name but a few  – with each new city leaving fond and lasting memories. 
And there were a huge number of achievements along the way.
I thought it would be fun to look back on some of them, and my time at IGT, in stats. Here goes: 
1,479 days
100+ games launched
32 new customers
3 bosses
50 contract renewals
4 exec assistants (although only one made the grade, whilst another injected her stomach with self-tanning serum bought online from Russia)
$30m in jackpot payouts
12 rgs upgrades
7 new regulated markets
8 kilos lost 
4 redundancies (1 re-interviewed for another role and became an A-grade account manager after swearing she’d hate it)
1 knee operation
60% of volumes on mobile (up from sub-10%)
1 laptop – thanks Dell
18 password changes
In closing this part of my career, I want to say a huge THANKS to all my colleagues, customers and friends at IGT.  Most of all… to my team…what a special group of talented people, all who have grown enormously in knowledge, stature and insight to become industry leaders in their own right.  
So it is that I have joined Nektan PLC as their CEO. (Now that I’m an IGT customer, can I get one of those goodie packs too?!)  
It’s a new challenge, with some familiar faces. I’m super-excited, a little nervous (that’s normal, isn’t it?) and eager to lead a new team to success.  
Online gambling is a great industry where life never stands still – let’s see what the next chapter brings!

The Friday before last brought to a close one of the most enjoyable chapters of my career to date – my time at IGT.  On joining over four years ago from a small gaming start-up, I could never have imagined what a great journey was ahead.As their digital leader in cash gambling, it was a privilege to work across the entire interactive gambling sector. This took me around the globe, and allowed me to meet almost all of our industry’s major operators, regulators, suppliers and journalists in some capacity or another.  There was lots of travel to some amazing places – Las Vegas, Canada, Barcelona, Finland, Malta, Gibraltar, Rome, to name but a few  – with each new city leaving fond and lasting memories. And there were a huge number of achievements along the way.I thought it would be fun to look back on some of them, and my time at IGT, in stats. Here goes: • 1,479 days• 100+ games launched• 32 new customers• 3 bosses• 50 contract renewals• 4 exec assistants (although only one made the grade, whilst another injected her stomach with self-tanning serum bought online from Russia)• $30m in jackpot payouts• 12 rgs upgrades• 7 new regulated markets• 8 kilos lost • 4 redundancies (1 re-interviewed for another role and became an A-grade account manager after swearing she’d hate it)• 1 knee operation• 60% of volumes on mobile (up from sub-10%)• 1 laptop – thanks Dell• 18 password changesIn closing this part of my career, I want to say a huge THANKS to all my colleagues, customers and friends at IGT.  Most of all… to my team…what a special group of talented people, all who have grown enormously in knowledge, stature and insight to become industry leaders in their own right.  So it is that I have joined Nektan PLC as their CEO. (Now that I’m an IGT customer, can I get one of those goodie packs too?!)  It’s a new challenge, with some familiar faces. I’m super-excited, a little nervous (that’s normal, isn’t it?) and eager to lead a new team to success.  Online gambling is a great industry where life never stands still – let’s see what the next chapter brings!

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