Slot manufacturer International Game Technology announced it has appointed Eric Tom the company’s chief operating officer. Tom, who has been executive vice president of marketing since joining IGT in July 2009, will fill a role that has been handled by the chief executive since former COO Steve Morro left in September 2008.
Before joining IGT last year, Tom worked for more than 20 years in executive sales and marketing positions in the IT and telecommunications industries in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
In his new role at IGT, Tom will focus on improving the operational efficiency and increasing the customer focus of the company, and he will continue to report to CEO Patti Hart. He also will maintain oversight of marketing, sales, services, product management and operations.
IGT also announced that Tony Ciorciari, executive vice president of global manufacturing and operations; and Paulus Karskens, president of IGT International, will retire in the first calendar quarter of 2011. Ciorciari and Karskens will assume executive advisory roles until their retirement, and will assist the company in ensuring a successful transition.