Sebastian Salat, president of WMS International at WMS Gaming Inc, has left the company effective June 30. WMS Gaming is a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc, the latter a unit of Scientific Games Corp.
Mr Salat’s departure was mutually agreed by both parties, Scientific Games said in a statement on Thursday.
“I am extremely grateful for the privilege of having lead an incredible team of gaming professionals for so many years. Together we turned WMS into a world-class gaming organisation, which grew much stronger after the merger with Scientific Games,” Mr Salat was quoted saying in the statement.
In 2013, Scientific Games acquired slot machine maker WMS Industries for US$1.5 billion.
“As president of WMS International, Sebastian has contributed greatly to the growth of WMS’ international business throughout Europe, Latin America, Australasia and Africa,” Gavin Isaacs, president and chief executive of Scientific Games, acknowledged in the same statement.
Mr Salat joined WMS Gaming in January 2000. He was appointed president of WMS International in 2008.
Scientific Games, originally a specialist in lottery equipment and management, last year acquired gaming equipment maker Bally Technologies Inc in a deal valued at US$5.1 billion. The deal came around one year after Bally Technologies acquired Nevada-based SHFL entertainment Inc in a US$1.3 billion transaction.
The Bally Technologies tie-up offered Scientific Games new capacity in slot manufacturing and interactive gaming, in addition to the electronic table games technology and table equipment supply provided by SHFL, and the slot and systems expertise of WMS.
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