SBTech names Scientific Games veteran Isaacs as new chair

SBTech names Scientific Games veteran Isaacs as new chair

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Posted by News Team
Gavin Isaacs
Experienced industry executive left Scientific Games in December last year

Sports betting supplier SBTech has hired former Scientific Games chief executive as its non-executive chairman, effective immediately. 

Isaacs joins after stepping down from the board of Scientific Games in December, following four years with the solutions giant. 

He previously served as the company’s chief executive, overseeing an acquisition spree that helped the company more than double revenue to $2.9bn in just two years. 

“I was approached by a number of companies since leaving Scientific Games, however I chose to join SBTech due to its, superior technology, high standards across every discipline, entrepreneurial approach and incredible ambition and potential to grow further across a wide variety of regulated markets including the US where I am based and have an extensive network, knowledge and experience,” Isaacs said of his new employer. 

“The business has already made significant in-roads into the newly regulated US sports betting market and I am extremely excited to be able to help and advise the senior management team to expand that even further across 2019 and beyond,” he added. 

Before joining Scientific Games, he spent seven years in a variety of roles for Australia’s Aristocrat Technologies, rising to the role of chairman. He then joined Bally Entertainment, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president, before joining SHFL Entertainment as chief executive. 

“We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech,” SBTech chief executive Richard Carter said. “This is a huge coup for the business. 

“Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow,” Carter explained. 

As SBTech chairman, Isaacs will leverage his 20 years’ industry experience and professional network to further grow the supplier’s US presence, where it has launched sports betting in New Jersey and Mississippi.

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