Novomatic AG has appointed Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz (pictured) to the executive board of the company, where he will serve as chief systems officer. Mr Czapkiewicz took up that role at the Austria-based gaming equipment supplier last Saturday. Novomatic’s statement announcing the appointment was issued on Thursday.
Mr Czapkiewicz has been employed by Novomatic for more than a decade in roles such as coordinating international expansion projects, and running the research and development department. “He is an internationally experienced research and development mathematician and computer scientist, with a focus on system and platform solutions,” Novomatic’s head of the supervisory board Bernd Oswald said. “Over the past few years, Bartholomäus Czapkiewicz has played a decisive role in successfully expanding our innovative abilities.”
The statement quotes Mr Czapkiewicz as saying: “My goal, in particular, is to continue development in system and platform solutions, and ensure that our processes become even more efficient as we look towards the future.”
Novomatic reported in August earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of EUR318 million (US$370.9 million) for the first half of this year, 12.6 percent more than a year earlier and the most of any first half yet. The company said first-half sales revenue rose by 12.6 percent to nearly EUR1.37 billion, another record, helped by the effect of recent acquisitions.
Novomatic chief executive Harald Neumann said last month that his company had a consolidation strategy meant to “optimise internal processes and structures across international borders”.
The CEO had mentioned in a written statement that it was time “to make decisions about the future positioning of the company in the various markets and divisions”.
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