IGT beefing up security with new centralised body

IGT beefing up security with new centralised body

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
Marco Sala: IGT has reached a point of requiring an increased level of global coordination

Gaming giant IGT is looking to beef up its cyber security while addressing its multi-national footprint with the creation of a centralised Administrative Services body, which will be headed up by Robert K. Vincent.

IGT has revealed that a major focus of the new group is to enhance the coordination and oversight of corporate security and cyber-security functions under a new Global Information Security Office which will sit in the Administration Services organisation.

IGT PLC CEO Marco Sala suggested that this move was always on the cards given the size of the company after its merger with GTECH. He said: “As was anticipated, IGT has reached a point of requiring an increased level of global coordination and oversight of the acquisition and management of critical assets including cyber security.”

In addition to Information Security, the functions reporting into the new Administrative Services organisation will include Global Procurement, Real Estate and Facilities, Food Services, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facility Security and Monitoring.

Vincent, who will take on a new role as executive vice president for administrative services and external relations, will oversee an organisation tasked with ensuring the proper delivery of goods and services to ‘help drive the operation of the business units and to capture the naturally-resulting improved synergies from centralisation’.

As well as heading up the new body, Vincent will continue to lead the external affairs functions that include Global Corporate Communications, Media Relations, Branding, and Social Responsibility programs, as well as provide Investor Relations support.

Sala had high praise for Vincent:  "As I have previously done, I am turning to a senior executive with whom I have great confidence to lead these functions. Bob Vincent has the right balance of experience and good judgment to successfully meet the challenges associated with managing, supplying, and protecting our growing global enterprise. 

"As a member of the senior leadership team, Bob has played an important role in helping to define the new IGT organization and attract an unparalleled group of individuals to lead the Company. I greatly value his contribution and appreciate his willingness to take on the new and important challenges of this new role."

Sala has also made another executive appointment with Mario Di Loreto becoming executive vice president of human resources, organization & transformation.

Sala explained: "As a member of the senior team reporting directly to me, Mario has a broad mandate to look at our business from all angles and make recommendations to improve our strategies and drive a process of continuous improvement. I have every expectation that he will positively impact our approach to the business, solidify and enhance our culture, and contribute to our success going forward."

Totally Gaming Says: “With an expansive operational footprint that spans over 100 countries, IGT has grown to have more than five million square feet of space under management and procures well over $1 billion worth of goods and services annually. It is little wonder that IGT governance feels the need to hold greater strategic control across the board, especially after the merger with GTECH. It is interesting that security is also receiving a higher priority given the sensitive information within the IGT business."

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