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.
Michael Eklund serves Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary for Scientific Games. In this role, Eklund oversees the Company’s global financial strategy and is responsible for executing financial best practices and maximizing shareholder value. He also oversees the Finance, Accounting, Tax, Treasury, Facilities, IT and Procurement functions of the Company.
Mr. Eklund brings more than 20 years of experience in financial and operational roles to Scientific Games. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer of IRI, a global leader in innovative data and analytic solutions and services for consumer, retail and media companies. Previously, Mr. Eklund held many senior leadership roles at Dell Technologies. At Dell Technologies, he led the value creation and integration function for the $67 billion Dell-EMC combination and served as Chief Financial Officer of Dell's $40 billion-plus Client Solutions Business Unit and Global Operations organization.
James Sottile serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Scientific Games, overseeing the Company’s legal strategy and operations. Mr. Sottile brings more than 30 years of experience working across multiple industries. He is an accomplished legal strategist and litigator, as well as an experience leader. He has extensive experience successfully litigating complex commercial matters, negotiating positive solutions with regulators and developing legal strategies to solve critical business issues.
Mr. Sottile was most recently with Jones Day, where he was a partner in its New York office. He has been named a notable practitioner by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2005 and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 2011.
Mr. Sottile received his J.D. from Georgetown University and his B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida.
James Kennedy serves as Chairman of Lottery for Scientific Games, helping drive profits for the Company’s U.S. and international lottery customers, providing executive leadership for lottery business strategy and maintaining global customer relationships. Prior to this role, Mr. Kennedy held the position of Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Lottery. His expertise spans lottery game design, marketing, research, systems development and product development.
Since joining Scientific Games in 1985, Mr. Kennedy has worked closely with lotteries around the world to create and execute successful programs for responsible, sustainable growth. He is responsible for bringing over 10,000 instant games to market and developing hundreds of annual marketing plans for lotteries. Under his leadership, Mr. Kennedy helped the Company experience the most significant growth in its history of global instant products and related services.
Mr. Kennedy holds several patents and is recognized for his contributions to the lottery industry as the recipient of the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and the NASPL Powers Award. In 2010, he was inducted into the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Kennedy holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, a B.S. in Computer and Management Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, and a graduate certificate from Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program.
Patrick “Pat” McHugh was named Executive Vice President, Group Chief Executive, Lottery, in December 2018. Mr. McHugh is responsible for Scientific Games’ global lottery business, including instant products, systems, digital and sports betting.
With more than 25 years of industry expertise, Mr. McHugh has served lotteries in markets around the world directing complex gaming systems technology deployments, operations, new business initiatives and strategic product development.
A leading industry advocate for the convergence of traditional and digital lottery products and technology, Mr. McHugh joined Scientific Games in 2004 and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President Global Lottery Systems, Lottery. Mr. McHugh led many of Scientific Games’ strategic industry firsts, including expanded distribution channels, cashless payments, sports betting, new network technology, iLottery and other digital lottery platforms.
Mr. McHugh previously held the position of Vice President, North American Operations for Scientific Games. He also directed large scale systems and software projects for IGT Online Entertainment Systems (acquired by Scientific Games).
Mr. McHugh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Technology from Northeastern University and a graduate certificate from the Columbia Business School Senior Executive Program.
Jordan Levin serves as Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Digital. He is responsible for defining the business group’s global digital and sports betting strategic direction, overseeing all functions of the business and capitalizing on new growth opportunities and markets.
Since joining Scientific Games in 2006, Jordan Levin has been a driving force behind the Company's interactive and digital strategies, new business development and operations. A proven leader with more than 12 years in the industry, Levin has deepened the Company's portfolio of digital professionals, products and technologies for iGaming, iLottery and sports betting.
Previously, Mr. Levin served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, where he led the successful acquisition and integration of NYX Gaming Group and the evolution of its turnkey sports betting operations, including the acquisition of Don Best. Levin also served as Scientific Games’ SG Interactive President and Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Williams Interactive.
Mr. Levin earned his Bachelor of Business degree in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin in 1998 and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 2008.
Matt Wilson serves as Scientific Games’ Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Gaming. In this role, Mr. Wilson leads the strategic growth plans for the Gaming business unit while overseeing product development, production, supply chain and sales of the Company’s Gaming products, systems and services.
An experienced Gaming industry executive, Mr. Wilson is an accomplished leader known for delivering double-digit growth, capitalizing on new business opportunities and developing strong customer relationships. Most recently, Mr. Wilson served as the President and Managing Director, Americas at Aristocrat. During his tenure with Aristocrat, Mr. Wilson also served as Senior Vice President of Global Gaming Operations, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas.
Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School.
Michael Conforti is the President of Global Strategic Accounts. Michael joined the company in 2011, initially serving as Vice President of International Business Development after spending several years assisting the Company in the development of its China business.
Mr. Conforti previously served as the President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of URU Technology Incorporated, a company that develops and commercializes proprietary biometric access control and identity management solutions.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Conforti was employed by GTECH Corporation as its Vice President of International Business Development, where his responsibilities extended to 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.
Michael is an attorney and member of the Virginia State Bar.
Eileen Moore Johnson joined Scientific Games in 2020 as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. In this role, Ms. Moore Johnson is responsible for developing and executing Scientific Games’ global human resources strategy in support of the Company’s long-term business strategies. Her specific focus areas include organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation, succession planning, and company culture.
Prior to joining Scientific Games, Ms. Moore Johnson served as the Regional President of The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s and The LINQ casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip for Caesars Entertainment. During her successful career at Caesars Entertainment, Ms. Moore Johnson also served as Regional President and General Manager of the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel Southern Indiana, as Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s New Orleans and served on the Corporate Gaming Team. She also acted as the chief of staff in the role as Executive Assistant to the CEO, COO and CFO for two years. Ms. Moore Johnson also held leadership roles at Fairmont Hotels in San Francisco and Hilton Hotels.
An active community leader, Ms. Moore Johnson currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and on the Board of Directors of Global Gaming Women. She also is a member of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and the Young Presidents Organization.
Ms. Moore Johnson graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.
Stephen Richardson serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining the Company, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a 20-year decorated career, most recently as the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division in Washington.
During his tenure at the FBI, Mr. Richardson held a number of positions in which he developed and implemented strategies and procedures to directly identify and mitigate criminal and cyber threats specifically related to financial crimes, foreign corruption, money laundering and illicit finance.
Mr. Richardson is a Board Member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and was honored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation with the Medal of Valor for Heroism. He holds a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and an MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
Steven Stamstad joined Scientific Games in April 2019 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications across all divisions. He has more than 25 years of global marketing experience and an impressive track record driving growth and transforming businesses in the online retail marketplace, mobile gaming, entertainment and sports industries.
Previously Mr. Stamstad served as Vice President, Global Brand Marketing at HOMEAWAY™/EXPEDIA®, the world’s largest vacation home rental online marketplace, where he led successful acquisition and brand strategies, created and implemented a differentiating brand positioning and developed successful global brand partnership promotions. Before that, he served as vice president of worldwide marketing at Electronic Arts (EA), leading EA’s mobile and social games, growing market leadership and success through the launch of new games, expansion of brands onto new platforms and unprecedented partnerships with critically acclaimed franchises. In addition, at THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY Mr. Stamstad led marketing initiatives to extend Disney’s entertainment leadership to digital TV and broadband Internet applications and services.
Stamstad was awarded his Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and received executive education certificates from both Harvard Business School and the Yale School of Management.