TCSJohnHuxley announced the appointment of Catherine (Cath) Burns as global chief executive officer. Burns brings 20 years experience, holding senior positions in several worldwide gaming and technology companies. She comes to TCSJohnHuxley from Bally Technologies in Macau, where she had served as vice president Asia Pacific since 2006.
Burns replaces David Heap, who will be stepping down as group chief executive effective March 1, when he will take a position as adviser to the portfolio of companies and business interests of the family of Bertil Knutsson, the company’s chairman.
Heap began with the company in 1996, when he was appointed CEO of TCS. In 2003, he was instrumental in bringing TCS and John Huxley together, and has since steered the company to become the global leader in the manufacture and supply of live table gaming products and services.
For Burns, it’s the culmination of an impressive rise in the industry.
At Bally, Burns established the company’s Asia Pacific head office in Macau for both its gaming and systems business operations. An incisive leader with a talent for driving change and growing profits, she was responsible for expanding the company’s business into new markets, creating year-on-year growth with a multimillion-dollar turnover. She forged excellent relations with distributors, suppliers and customers internationally as well as managing large-scale systems installation projects for the Venetian Macao, Galaxy Macau and Starworld, the Grand Lisboa, Casino Lisboa and Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Burns is also credited with achieving the company’s re-entry into the Australia and New Zealand gaming markets.
New Executive Director Named at NIGA
When Ernie Stevens was re-elected to a sixth two-year term as chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association last April, it was not without changes in his administration. Last month, Mark Van Norman was replaced as executive director of the association that represents gaming tribes in the nation’s capital. Jason Giles, previously NIGA’s general counsel and deputy executive director, was named to replace Van Norman.
In 11 years with NIGA, Van Norman spoke forcefully and effectively for Indian gaming. His sometimes-strident defense of tribal sovereignty was well-known.
Giles, a member of Oklahoma’s Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a well-respected legal expert who attended the U.S. Military Academy and graduated from law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Giles began his legal career as an associate attorney at a labor law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he focused on labor law, real estate law and bankruptcy issues.