Casino equipment maker and lottery services provider Scientific Games Corp has named Shawn Williams (pictured) as chief human resources officer. The appointment is effective immediately, the firm said in a Wednesday press release.
Mr Williams will report directly to group chief executive Kevin Sheehan. His appointment comes as Gary Melampy, the company’s previous chief human resources officer, announced his retirement, Scientific Games stated.
Mr Williams will be responsible for developing and executing Scientific Games’ global human resource strategy in support of the company’s long-term business strategies. “His specific focus areas will be talent management, change management, organisational and performance management, training and development, compensation, succession planning, and culture,” the company said.
Commenting on the appointment of Mr Williams, Scientific Games’ Mr Sheehan said in a statement included in Wednesday’s release: “Our shared passion for entrepreneurship and organisational development will serve us well as we continue to grow our business, hire and develop the best people, and drive a high-performance culture.”
Mr Williams served most recently as co-founder of Defi LLC, a consulting firm for technology start-ups. Before that, he held human resource-related posts in Samsung and Hewlett Packard.
Scientific Games recorded year-on-year revenue growth of 6.4 percent in the first quarter of 2017, to US$725.4 million. The growth was led by a 32.6-percent increase in revenue from the firm’s interactive segment – to US$96.3 million – the Nasdaq-listed firm said in an April press release.
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