Slot machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Jayme ‘Jay’ Sevigny as president of Video Gaming Technologies Inc (VGT), effective from February 9.
The appointment is subject to receipt of standard regulatory approvals, said Aristocrat Leisure.
VGT, a maker of so-called ‘Class II’ gaming machines used in North America’s tribal gaming market, was acquired by Aristocrat Leisure in October 2014. Mr Sevigny is a former chief operating officer of VGT and is rejoining the firm. Aristocrat Leisure specialises in casino slot machines, known in North America as ‘Class III’ products.
Mr Sevigny will be based at VGT’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, in the United States. He will report directly to Aristocrat Leisure chief executive Jamie Odell.
He takes over from VGT interim president Rich Schneider. Mr Schneider will revert to his permanent role as chief product officer for Aristocrat Leisure, responsible for game development and technology across the firm’s global business, including VGT.
Mr Sevigny has more than three decades of experience in the gaming industry. He began his career in casino operations for Boyd Gaming Corp in 1980, before moving through a range of senior leadership roles in finance, marketing and general management at Harrah’s Entertainment and later with Gaylord Entertainment Co. Mr Sevigny served as VGT’s chief operating officer from 2006 to 2011.
“Jay’s strategic capability, outstanding leadership skills and deep familiarity with VGT’s business and the needs of our Class II customers makes him an ideal choice to lead the division going forward,” said Mr Odell in a company statement.
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