With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent manoeuvres.

International Game Technology

Alberto Fornaro has resigned his post as executive vice president and chief financial officer of International Game Technology to pursue other professional opportunities.

Fornaro will continue in his current position through January 31, 2020, to ensure a smooth transition for the company. IGT’s board of directors has also unanimously approved the appointment of Timothy Rishton, currently IGT’s senior vice president and chief accounting officer, as interim CFO during the search for a permanent replacement.

“I would like to thank Alberto, both personally and on behalf of the IGT board of directors, for his leadership and outstanding contribution during the last eight years as CFO of first GTECH and later IGT.

“Alberto played a significant role in improving our financial and operational performance, including helping to secure large, strategically important contracts for the next several years. We look forward to an orderly and seamless transition of his responsibilities and wish him well in his future endeavours.” – Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.

Morongo Casino Resort and Spa

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has named longtime tribal gaming executive Richard St Jean as the new chief operating officer overseeing the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa near Palm Springs, California.

Boasting in excess of 25 years hospitality and casino experience, St Jean is said to be “uniquely qualified” to steer the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa forward to achieve the substantial growth opportunities that have been targeted.

“Richard comes to Morongo at an exciting time and brings with him a successful track record of operational excellence and proven leadership.

“We are confident that his vision, deep industry expertise, and innovative spirit will fuel the next chapter of prosperity at Morongo while advancing our ongoing commitment to consistently exceeding the expectations of our guests.” – Robert Martin, Morongo tribal chairman.


EveryMatrix has announced the appointment of Stian Hornsletten to the role of group chief commercial officer. Previously CEO of the company’s casino unit, Hornsletten has taken over his role as CCO to drive the company’s commercial strategy forward, bring new operators on board and oversee the sales, marketing and account management teams.

“I’ve known Stian for a long time now and I am thrilled that he accepted to take over EveryMatrix’s commercial growth across all business units, from sports betting, payments to affiliate and, of course, casino. Stian is both my business partner and trusted friend and having him in this commercial role is a great win for EveryMatrix.

“Thanks to Stian’s technical skills, passion for this business and comprehensive expertise, I believe we can reach the commercial objectives we have set and prove once more that EveryMatrix is a leading B2B company within the igaming industry.” – Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix group chief executive officer.

Svenska Spel

Svenska Spel has boosted its leadership team after confirming the appointment of Kajsa Nylander as the company’s new sustainability manager.

As part of her new role, which will begin on 27 January 2020, Nylander will oversee the implementation of responsible gambling initiatives as part of the Svenska Spel sustainability strategy.

“Kaja’s solid background in sustainability and change work will be of great benefit to Svenska Spel’s sustainability work with a focus on gaming responsibility.

“Her skills and experience give us the best possible conditions to further develop our leading position in gaming responsibility. With Kajsa on board we will be able to take the next step towards even better gaming responsibility tools and minimise the risk of players getting into gambling problems.

“Our goal is for our customers to enjoy entertainment and gaming enjoyment in a safe environment and with control over their gaming.” – Joakim Mörnefält, communications director at Svenska Spel.