Gavin Isaacs was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games in June 2014. In this role, Mr. Isaacs is focused on improving the Company’s performance and growth through the development of innovative products and services to help lottery and gaming customers grow their businesses, the completion of the WMS integration, and enhancing stockholder value.
Mr. Isaacs is an accomplished gaming industry executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment Inc. from April 2011 through November 2013 when the company was acquired by Bally Technologies. Previously, Mr. Isaacs served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally Technologies from 2006 through 2011. Prior to joining Bally Technologies, he held senior roles at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, including Head of Global Marketing and Business Development, Managing Director of Aristocrat’s London-based European subsidiary and President of Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Aristocrat’s Las Vegas-based subsidiary. Mr. Isaacs is a member of the Board of Directors of Scientific Games, a Trustee and former President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gaming Association.
Scott D. Schweinfurth serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Integration Officer for Scientific Games. Schweinfuth joined Scientific Games in October 2013 as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Gaming and Chief Integration Officer. In his role as Chief Financial Officer of Gaming, Mr. Schweinfurth was responsible for all financial matters related to WMS Gaming, Williams Interactive, and the Company’s server-based and gaming-related business. As Chief Integration Officer, Mr. Schweinfurth continues to lead Scientific Games’ efforts to monitor and execute on integration plans, including realization of cost and revenue synergies, preserve distinct cultural elements of each organization, and leverage unique capabilities of each organization to optimize the benefits of scale and scope achieved in the combination of the two companies. Prior to joining Scientific Games, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of WMS Industries, and directed the global management of the Company’s finance, accounting, facilities and investor relations functions.
Before joining WMS in 2000, Mr. Schweinfurth served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Las Vegas-based Bally Technologies. He began his career in the audit practice at Ernst & Young, rising from staff to partner. He received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Miami University.
James Kennedy serves as Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive of Lottery. He leads the strategy, direction and growth plans for the Company’s instant products and lottery systems customers worldwide. Prior to this role, Mr. Kennedy served as President, Printed Products and Chief Marketing Officer.
Since joining Scientific Games in 1985, Mr. Kennedy has worked closely with customers around the world to develop hundreds of successful lottery programs for responsible, sustainable growth. Under his leadership as Senior Vice President of Sales and Global Marketing, Mr. Kennedy was responsible for global marketing and business management for sales, customer service and creative for all of Scientific Games’ North American lottery businesses during the time when the Company experienced the most significant growth in its history of global instant products and related services. During Mr. Kennedy’s tenure at Scientific Games, he also served as Vice President of U.S. Sales and President of SGI Retail Solutions.
Mr. Kennedy holds several patents and is recognized for his contributions to the Lottery industry as the recipient of three major lottery awards, including the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame and the NASPL Powers Award. Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Kennedy was a Systems Engineer for Computer Task Group.
Mr. Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in Computer and Management Science, an MBA from the University of Colorado and a graduate degree from Columbia Business School’s Senior Executive Program.
William Huntley brings 40 years of gaming industry experience to his role as Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive of Gaming, where he is responsible for the core WMS Gaming business, Scientific Games’ server-based gaming business headquartered in the U.K. and the gaming-related systems businesses of both Scientific Games and WMS. Mr. Huntley has extensive experience in all aspects of the lottery and gaming businesses, including sales, marketing, research and development and service operations, and has been inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. He has been with Scientific Games and its predecessor company for over 40 years, including serving as Chief Executive Officer of Systems in 2013, President of Lottery Systems from 2000 to 2006, and President of SG Racing, Sports and Gaming Technology from 2006 to 2007.
During Mr. Huntley’s tenure with Autotote and Scientific Games he led the development efforts for many of Scientific Games’ most successful system and terminal products for racing, lotteries and video gaming. Mr. Huntley also managed the successful integration of several major acquisitions.
Orrin J. Edidin joined Scientific Games in October 2013 as Group Chief Executive of Interactive. In this capacity, Mr. Edidin leads the online gaming and social casino businesses of Williams Interactive LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scientific Games Corporation.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Edidin was President of WMS Industries and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Interactive LLC. As head of WMS’ iGaming initiatives, Mr. Edidin led the Company’s efforts to leverage its product development expertise and industry leading content across all interactive channels. Under his leadership, Williams Interactive developed and commercialized a comprehensive suite of products, services and website solutions that bridge in-casino, online, social, casual and mobile gaming entertainment into an integrated casino-branded gaming ecosystem. Mr. Edidin also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WMS, and Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel after joining the company in 1997. Previously, Mr. Edidin was Associate General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. and Farley Industries.
Mr. Edidin has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, and received a Juris Doctorate Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law.
In July 2010 Steven Saferin was appointed President of Scientific Games’ Properties Group, a newly formed business unit. In this role, Mr. Saferin is responsible for the overall market development of the Company’s licensed properties and promotional opportunities as well as various new media initiatives. Scientific Games’ Properties Group, MDI Entertainment, has the lottery industry’s largest portfolio of licensed properties with contracts in nearly every U.S. lottery jurisdiction.
In addition to this role, Mr. Saferin serves as Scientific Games’ Chief Creative Officer, a role he was appointed to in April 2009. As Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Saferin is responsible for conceptualizing and developing product and gaming ideas, and then expanding these ideas into new products and services. He plans, coordinates, and directs all creative content, business initiatives and related product development activities for the Company’s lottery customers worldwide.
Mr. Saferin founded MDI Entertainment in 1986 and built the company into the leading provider of entertainment-based promotions and Internet-based services for the lottery industry. MDI was acquired by Scientific Games in January 2003, and Mr. Saferin served as President of MDI from January 2003 to May 2009.
Prior to founding MDI, Mr. Saferin was Director of Program Acquisitions at ESPN from 1982 to 1986. He supervised a 16-person department in the areas of product acquisition and scheduling. From 1978 to 1982, he was active in cable television franchising as a Vice President with both Viacom Communications and Warner Amex Cable. In those capacities he supervised cable television franchising activities in dozens of major markets.
Prior to entering business, Mr. Saferin was an Attorney-Advisor to the Cable Television Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission, as well as a member of the law department of Viacom International. Mr. Saferin received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from American University and received his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Steven Beason has served as Enterprise Chief Technology Officer since January 2011. Previously he served as Chief Technology Officer from August 2005 until January 2011 and President, Lottery Systems Group, from November 2006 to November 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Beason was Executive Director, Information Technology of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, where he managed a staff of nearly 400 IT professionals and was responsible for leveraging information technology to support the Club's mission to deliver world-class horseracing, lottery and betting services over Mobile, Internet, Venue and Retail based channels to the Hong Kong public.
Prior to that, Mr. Beason was Vice President, Software Engineering of GTECH, responsible for building and customizing software for specific clients, where he successfully developed and installed over 40 major gaming systems worldwide and oversaw 20 regional development centers on 5 continents. In his 12 years at the company, Mr. Beason also held a number of other key technical and managerial positions.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Beason spent two years in Sweden as Technical Project Manager of AB Trav och Galopp, where he worked on the deployment of a national multi-track pari-mutuel wagering system for The Swedish National Horse Racing Association.
Michael Conforti currently serves as President, Asia-Pacific, after joining Scientific Games in January 2011 as Vice President of International Business Development and Government Relations. Mr. Conforti has significant experience in business development, operations and public/government affairs. He was a consultant to Scientific Games for more than five years and most recently played an important role in the development of the Company's China business. Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Conforti was the President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of URU Technology Incorporated, which develops and commercializes proprietary biometric access control and identity management solutions.
From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Conforti was Vice President of International Business Development for GTECH Corporation, which included responsibility for government relations and Asian operations. Prior to joining GTECH, Mr. Conforti was a Director of Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, a leading Washington, D.C.-based public affairs company.
Mr. Conforti is an attorney and member of the Virginia State Bar and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University of New York and a JD from George Mason University School of Law of Virginia.
Stephen Frater has served as Executive Chairman of Global Draw and Games Media since March 2010. Mr. Frater served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Global Draw and Games Media from July 2008 to March 2010. Mr. Frater joined the Company in 2006 as part of Scientific Games’ acquisition of Global Draw, serving as Managing Director of Global Draw. Mr. Frater has worked in the bookmaking industry for over 30 years. Mr. Frater co-founded Global Draw in 1997 and was instrumental in the establishment of its gaming business in the U.K. Prior to that, Mr. Frater co-founded Great Mark, which operated the Admiral Betting chain in the U.K. Prior to co-founding Global Draw and Great Mark, Mr. Frater worked for both the Mecca and William Hill groups as Head of Customer Relations.
Peter Mani is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Scientific Games Corporation, and responsible for providing leadership in the development and execution of Scientific Games’ human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization, specifically in the areas of talent acquisition, total rewards, training and development, change management, and succession planning. In his current role, Peter Mani also leads Scientific Games’ integration planning and execution for the people and organizational aspects of the recent merger with WMS Industries.
Peter Mani joined Scientific Games in 2008 as the Global HR Advisor for the Beijing, China operations. On successful completion of the start-up project, Peter Mani was promoted to Vice President Human Resources and based in New York, where he provided HR leadership to Scientific Games worldwide. In 2010, Peter Mani was additionally appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. Previously, Peter Mani served in Human Resource leadership roles at Pfizer and International Paper.
Larry Potts joined Scientific Games in September 2004 as Vice President of Security and Compliance, and in 2006 was designated Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Security.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, he was Chief Operating Officer of Investigative Group International, an investigative and security-consulting company headquartered in Washington, D.C. His duties there included the day to day management of operations and personally conducting some investigative and consulting jobs involving complex internal inquiries and due diligence matters.
In addition, Mr. Potts served as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1974 to 1997 during which he worked violent crimes, white-collar crimes and organized crime as a street agent. He also served as the Chief of the Public Corruption Unit where he developed guidelines for conducting public corruption investigations. He was named Inspector-In-Charge of the VANPAC Task Force involving the mail bombing deaths of a Federal judge and a civil rights attorney. He supervised that multi-agency task force of several hundred investigators, which resulted in the successful prosecution of the individual responsible. He held numerous management positions in the FBI, including Assistant Director in Charge of the Criminal Investigative Division and Deputy Director.
Mr. Potts holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology from the University of Richmond.
As Vice President - Worldwide Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary, Jack Sarno is responsible for managing the Company’s legal affairs on a global basis and providing strategic legal guidance to senior management and the board of directors. Mr. Sarno previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Company.
Prior to joining Scientific Games in 2007, Mr. Sarno was counsel, and earlier an associate, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP in New York, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Sarno received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Boston College and his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Mr. Sarno is a member of the New York Bar.
Robert Becker has served as Treasurer of Scientific Games since October 1996 and as Vice President since April 2001.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Becker served as Assistant Treasurer for the Fuller Company from 1990 to 1994.
Jeffrey Johnson joined Scientific Games in September 2011 and serves as Vice President-Finance and Chief Accounting Officer.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Johnson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tensar Corporation, a private equity-backed global engineering services and construction products manufacturing company, since June 2006. From November 1999 to June 2006, Mr. Johnson served as Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Tempur-Pedic International Inc., a publicly traded consumer products company. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Johnson was a Manager at Arthur Andersen in the Audit and Business Advisory Services division.
Mr. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Johnson is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.
James Metcalfe joined Scientific Games in August 2005 as Vice President, Tax. In this role, he supervises the Company’s tax department and oversees tax compliance and reporting for the Company and its subsidiaries worldwide.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Mr. Metcalfe worked for large, multinational companies in the healthcare (Dentsply and IMS Healthcare), oilfield (Schlumberger) and telecommunications (Global TeleSystems) industries where he was responsible for U.S. and foreign tax planning and compliance. During these assignments, he spent over 10 years living in London and Paris while working in most tax jurisdictions in Europe and Asia.
Mr. Metcalfe began his career in 1982 in the International Tax Department of Arthur Andersen in the Houston Office and also spent two years in the London office. He became a CPA in 1983 and received a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Masters in Tax from the University of Florida.
David Pye has been Vice President, Corporate Development since 1999. He joined Scientific Games’ predecessor company Autotote Corporation in November 1993 as Vice President of Marketing, where he was responsible for marketing the Company’s pari-mutuel wagering business and managing various strategic initiatives. In 1995 he became Vice President and General Manager of Video Gaming, where he was responsible for Autotote's innovative "Dual Functional" video lottery and pari-mutuel wagering gaming terminal and systems, managing all sales, development and facility management operations. In 1999 he was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Development where he has been responsible for various business development initiatives and acquisitions including the Scientific Games acquisition.
Prior to Scientific Games, Mr. Pye was Director of Marketing for JWP Businessland, a major PC supplier and systems integrator to Fortune 500 corporations. Before that, Mr. Pye held various positions over 11 years with Prime Computer including Director of Strategy and Director of Industry Marketing. Prior to Prime Computer, Mr. Pye helped restructure and turnaround American Biltrite Systems as Director of Marketing and worked for Macro Systems,a consulting company to the U.S. Federal Government.
Mr. Pye earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Earlham College including a year at the London School of Economics. He also has an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.