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US – Gavin Isaacs resigns from Scientific’s board

By - 10 December 2018

With his non-compete period drawing to a close, Gavin Isaacs, former Scientific Games CEO has resigned from his position as Vice Chairman of the board.

Scientific’s Richard Haddrill and Peter Cohen remain in place as Vice Chairmen. Mr. Isaacs was CEO for two and a half years at Scientific before being replaced by Kevin Sheehan in August 2016. Barry Cottle was promoted to lead the company less than a year later.

He oversaw the sale of SHFL to Bally in 2013, and then headed Scientific Games’ $5.1bn merger with Bally in 2014 as it looked to become the leading gaming supply company in the world.

This year saw Mr. Isaacs selected as the recipient of the 2018 Jens Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism by The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM).

Mr. Isaacs, 54, has a long history of success and respect in the global gaming industry. Previously, from 2014-2016, Isaacs was President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games and a Board Director. Before joining Scientific Games in 2014, he served three years as the Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment. Prior to that, Isaacs served five years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally Technologies. Earlier in his career, Isaacs served nearly eight years with Aristocrat Leisure Limited. During his tenure, he held key management positions, including General Manager, Legal and Compliance; General Manager, Marketing and Business Development; and Managing Director, Europe, before being named Americas President in 2003. Before joining Aristocrat, Isaacs was a partner with the leading Australia law firm DLA Phillips Fox.

Tom Nieman, President of AGEM, said when handing Mr Isaacs his Jens Halle Memorial Award at this year’s G2E Las Vegas: “Few people in our industry’s history have travelled the world shaking hands, meeting customers and sharing his unique personality more than Gavin has during a distinguished career that has also taken him to the top leadership position at multiple respected companies. The nominating criteria strictly guide the selection of these awards every year, and Gavin’s general path and dedication to customer relations are very similar to the traits Jens displayed. I know Jens and Gavin were friendly competitors when they were both circling the globe and it gives AGEM great pleasure to honor both Gavin and Frank Legato this year.”

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