Jamie Odell joined the Board of Scientific Games in 2020 as Executive Chair after serving the Board and CEO Barry Cottle as a senior advisor since May 2019. Mr. Odell brings more than 30 years of experience as a Global CEO in the consumer goods, technology and gaming industries to the Board.
Mr. Odell focuses on investments in technology start-ups in both Australia and the U.S. as co-founder of an Australian private assets growth fund, in partnership with Ellerston Capital (JAADE Private Assets Fund), which currently has over $100M FUM. He is currently the Chairman of Mable Technologies Pty Ltd, a fast-growing technology platform which connects support workers and caregivers with people in the community as well as aged care and disability providers.
Previously, Mr. Odell served as the CEO of Aristocrat Technologies from 2009 to 2017. During his 8-year tenure as CEO, Mr. Odell led a successful, global transformation of Aristocrat which elevated its industry leadership, attracted the industry’s top talent and delivered significant returns for investors. Aristocrat is now a top 20 company within the Australian Stock Exchange and has a market capitalization of around $20 billion.
Prior to joining Aristocrat, Mr. Odell had a successful senior leadership career running multinational organizations across the U.S., Australia, Europe and Asia including Managing Director roles with Foster’s Group, Beringer and Allied Lyons.
In June 2018, Barry Cottle was named Scientific Games’ President and CEO. Mr. Cottle joined Scientific Games as Chief Executive, SG Interactive, in August 2015 to lead the strategy and growth plans of the Interactive group.
Before Scientific Games, Mr. Cottle served as Vice Chairman of Deluxe Entertainment while concurrently serving as Senior Vice President of Technology at MacAndrews & Forbes where he helped drive digital innovation, including Deluxe’s launch of Virtual Reality in June 2015.
Prior to that, he was Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President – Games for Zynga, where he led corporate and business development, strategic partnerships, distribution, marketing and advertising.
Mr. Cottle also served as Executive Vice President – Interactive for Electronic Arts (EA) for five years, where he grew EA’s mobile and online game division from approximately $140 million in yearly revenues to more than $600 million to become the worldwide market leader.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Cottle served as Founder/CEO of Quickoffice; COO of Palm Computing; and Senior Vice President of Disney TeleVentures, a division of The Walt Disney Company dedicated to creating interactive online/TV experiences.
Mr. Cottle graduated Suma Cum Laude from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Services and Mathematics. He also earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Toni Korsanos joined Scientific Games Board as Executive Vice Chair in 2020 after serving the Board and the Company as a senior advisor. Ms. Korsanos brings extensive experience in the gaming industry and expertise in technology, finance, strategy, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and financial and regulatory compliance to the Board.
Previously, Ms. Korsanos served as the CFO of Aristocrat Technologies where she was a core member of the senior leadership team, which drove a highly successful turnaround that elevated Aristocrat’s leadership in the industry. In this role, she led all finance functions including treasury and investors relations, and oversaw the majority of Aristocrat’s corporate functions, including strategy, global supply chain and human resources.
Ms. Korsanos also is a Member of Chief Executive Women and a non-executive director of Crown Resorts Limited, Treasury Wine Estates Limited and Webjet Limited. She also co-founded an Australian private assets growth fund in 2019, in partnership with Ellerston Capital (JAADE Private Assets Fund), which currently has over $100M FUM and continues to grow.
Peter A. Cohen has been Vice Chairman of the Board since September 2004 and a director since 2000. Mr. Cohen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cowen Group, Inc., a diversified financial services company. Mr. Cohen was a founding partner and principal of Ramius LLC, a private investment management firm formed in 1994 that was combined with Cowen in late 2009. Mr. Cohen served as a member of the board of directors of Chart Acquisition Corp. (which, as a result of a business combination, is now known as Tempus Applied Solutions Holdings, Inc.) from 2013 to 2015. From November 1992 to May 1994, Mr. Cohen was Vice Chairman of the Board and a director of Republic New York Corporation, as well as a member of its executive management committee. Mr. Cohen was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1983 to 1990.
Jack A. Markell joined the board of Scientific Games in 2019. Mr. Markell previously served as the 73rd Governor of Delaware from 2009 to 2017. During his tenure, Governor Markell was focused on improving Delaware’s schools and positioning its citizens for future prosperity by launching and scaling important workforce development efforts. Governor Markell served as Chair of the National Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. Governor Markell previously was elected three times as Delaware’s State Treasurer prior to becoming Governor of the State. Prior to public service, Governor Markell had a career in business, banking and consulting, including serving as Senior Vice President for Corporate Development at Nextel Communications, Inc. Governor Markell’s other professional experience includes working in a senior management position at Comcast Corporation, as an associate at McKinsey and Company and as a banker at First Chicago Corporation. Governor Markell has also been a member of the board of directors of Graham Holdings Company since 2017, and FS Credit Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. since 2018. Governor Markell also serves on the board of directors of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Upstream USA, Vemo Education and Symbiont.io Inc. and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Delaware State University and Strada Education Network.
Michael J. Regan, a director since 2006, is a former Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of KPMG LLP and was the lead audit partner for many Fortune 500 companies during his 40-year tenure with KPMG. Mr. Regan is a member of the Board of Directors of Lifetime Brands, Inc. During the past five years, Mr. Regan also served as a member of the board of directors of DynaVox Inc.
Tim Throsby joined the Board as a director in 2020. Mr. Throsby brings extensive financial and business development experience to Scientific Games.
Most recently, Mr. Throsby served as CEO of Barclays Bank Plc and President of Barclays International where he designed and executed a comprehensive restructuring to help transform the performance and culture of the organization. Under Mr. Throsby’s leadership, Barclays Bank Plc doubled its return on tangible equity (ROTE) over a US$20 billion top line portfolio of businesses.
Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Throsby was the Global Head of Equities at JP Morgan, during which time he led the business to become one of the top firms in the industry. Earlier in his career he served as President of Citadel Asia, where he was instrumental in establishing the Citadel Investment Group’s business across Asia Pacific and Japan, growing a 120-person team over three years. He previously held leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Macquarie Bank.
Mr. Throsby currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Silver Creek Pharmaceuticals and Lumos Global, a solar power generation company. He earned his Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, studied jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Maria T. Vullo joined the board of Scientific Games in 2019. Ms. Vullo previously served as the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) from 2016 to 2019 where she was responsible for the regulation of New York’s financial services industry. Ms. Vullo managed an agency staff of 1,400 employees with a budget in excess of $250 million. Prior to assuming the role of DFS Superintendent, Ms. Vullo was a litigation partner for 20 years with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. She is an experienced trial and appellate litigator in civil, criminal and regulatory matters. In addition, Ms. Vullo served as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice under Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in New York State. In that role, Ms. Vullo supervised the Bureaus of Investor Protection, Real Estate Finance, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Internet. Ms. Vullo was twice nominated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination to be an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. She also has served as a member of numerous nonprofit boards where she has assumed leadership positions.
Kneeland C. Youngblood joined the Board in 2018 as a director. Mr. Youngblood is the founding partner and chairman of Pharos Capital Group, LLC, a private equity firm that invests in the healthcare and business services sectors. He also serves as a director of Mallinckrodt plc, a specialty pharmaceutical company, a director of TPG Pace Holdings Corp and a trustee of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System.
Formerly, he served on the board of directors of Gap Inc., Burger King, Energy Future Holdings and Oncor Electric Delivery. Mr. Youngblood graduated from Princeton University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts and earned a doctor of medicine from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1982.