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Aristocrat Announces New Executive Team

Aristocrat Leisure Industries, the Sydney, Australia-based parent company of slot manufacturer Aristocrat Technologies, announced a new leadership team structure. According to Jamie Odell, CEO and managing director, the new team “ensures the right people, with the optimum skills and industry experience, will be in place to oversee the development and execution of Aristocrat’s business transformation strategy.”

(The company announced that Odell will outline that new business strategy when its half-year results are announced on August 25.)

Aristocrat’s new corporate leadership team includes Toni Korsanos, who has been named chief financial officer. He joined Aristocrat in 2007 as general manager, group finance, and has almost 20 years experience in financial and general management at companies including Kellogg’s Australia/New Zealand and Goodman Fielder Ltd.

Julius Patta was named chief technology officer. He has extensive experience in software engineering, game design and development, and has led a number of leading-edge gaming operations and technology businesses in North America, Australia and Europe. He will be based in the U.S.

Sam Nickless was named business transformation director. He has over 15 years experience leading complex strategic change programs, most recently at the National Australia Bank and previously with McKinsey & Company in Australia and in the United States. Nickless will provide the expert program leadership and commercial skills required to drive the execution of the company’s turnaround strategy.

Trevor Croker was named managing director, Australia and New Zealand. He has much experience building high-performance sales organizations, and is familiar with Aristocrat’s core markets. In his new role, he will focus on driving performance in these markets, in particular executing an effective turnaround strategy in key Australian jurisdictions.

Patrick McGlinchey was named chief legal officer and company secretary. He has extensive international corporate, commercial and governance experience gained in both listed companies and private practice. He was previously the chief legal officer of Aristocrat, and the addition of company secretary to his title will provide continuity in management of current litigation, according to the company.

Aristocrat Americas President Nick Khin, Chief Human Resources Officer Tony Weston, Chief Marketing Officer Paul Kitchin and Group Manager CEO Office Gillian Findlay will continue in their current roles.

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