Jens Halle, chief executive of Germany-based casino equipment supplier Merkur Gaming GmbH, died suddenly on Wednesday, his company has announced. He was 57.
“We knew Jens Halle as a committed top manager. He was not only well known for his professional competence, but also for his amiable and open-minded nature in dealing with customers and colleagues. We will always hold him in our memory,” said Paul Gauselmann, chairman of the Gauselmann Group, which owns Merkur.
Mr Gauselmann added: “We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, wishing them much strength in this difficult time. Jens Halle will be greatly missed also by our Gauselmann family.”
Mr Halle spent 15 years with Austria’s Novomatic Group. He left his joint positions as managing director of Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH and chief executive of Novomatic Americas Sales LLC at the end of 2014 to join Merkur.
Joe Pisano, chief executive of Philippines-based gaming machine distributor Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technologies Inc, told GGRAsia: “Jens was a great person and friend to everyone. He always greeted people with a smile. I will miss him as will all his friends in the industry.”
(Updated 8.12am, Saturday May 23)
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