Gaming testing specialist and technical consultancy Gaming Laboratories International LLC (GLI) has hired Marina Wong (pictured) as business development manager at its Macau-based laboratory, GLI Asia Ltd, the firm announced on Thursday.
Ms Wong was previously general manager and event director of the Macao Gaming Show, a Macau-based trade show focused on the gaming industry. The event is organised by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association.
Her move to GLI was made public fewer than seven days after the Macao Gaming Show organiser announced the event was moving to October. It means the 2016 event will be one month earlier than previous editions. Industry sources told GGRAsia that Ms Wong’s departure had already been decided prior to the new schedule being announced.
“Bringing someone of Marina’s calibre to GLI Asia is fantastic news,” GLI Australia’s chief operating officer APAC Espee de Robillard said in a statement.
He added: “Marina’s wealth of experience and knowledge within the gaming industry makes her a key addition to GLI and specifically, to GLI Asia in Macau.”
The firm has three labs in Australia and one in Macau. It also has a presence in the Philippines, where it recently assisted the country’s gaming regulator in developing the nation’s first full set of technical standards for electronic gaming machines.
GLI has been expanding its laboratory capacity in the Asia Pacific region. GLI Australia has also increased staffing levels this year, it said in a statement in June.
In March, GLI acquired Denver, Colorado-based SLI Global Solutions Inc. The latter is a specialist in quality and compliance testing of information technology used in the public sector, the health sector and also the general private business sector.
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