Scientific Games appoints Connie James as new CFO
New York-listed game and lottery provider Scientific Games has appointed Connie James as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
James will begin his new role as Executive Vice President and CFO, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary on October 15, succeeding current CFO Mike Eklund, who is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.
James has been CFO of Scientific Games’ Gaming business since January 2020, and prior to that, he spent more than nine years in CFO roles at rival vendor Aristocrat.
“Since joining Scientific Games, Connie has helped lead the Gaming business through the unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 and has been instrumental in our strategic review and in developing our vision to become the the world’s leading cross-platform games company, ”Scientific Games said. President and CEO, Barry Cottle.
“As we advance our strategy to become a content-driven growth company, we are confident that Connie is the right framework to take the lead in helping us achieve our vision and generate long-term value for them. shareholders. “
Commenting on his appointment, James said: “Scientific Games is a company with enormous potential as we implement our strategy of deleveraging our balance sheet, investing in growth for the future and creating value for our parties. stakeholders.
“I am delighted to be working closely with Barry and the rest of our team as we capitalize on the high growth opportunities that lie before us over the next few years. “
Eklund has been Chief Financial Officer of Scientific Games since June 2020 and has been instrumental in the company’s strategic review and planned divestitures of its lottery and sports betting business.
“Mike has been instrumental in building a premier finance organization with a broad spectrum of talent and in significantly and consistently improving our bottom line,” added Cottle. “We achieved record results in the second quarter and the company continues to perform well in the third quarter.
“We are moving quickly as we execute our strategy and the planned divestitures are well advanced. As noted above, there is a great deal of interest in the companies we intend to divest and discussions to date continue to give us confidence that the divestitures will generate substantial value for our shareholders. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team, I wish Mike the best in his future endeavors.
James joins a growing list of former Aristocrat executives who now serve as Scientific Games, including Chief Product Officer Rick Schneider, Executive Vice President and CEO of Gaming Group Matt Wilson, Gaming Chief Commercial Officer Siobhan Lane, the President Jamie Odell and Executive Vice President Toni Korsanos.
Actions in Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ: SGMS) closed down 3.62 percent at $ 76.52 per share in New York on Friday.