Slot supplier Light & Wonder announced that Connie James, the company’s chief financial officer, treasurer and corporate secretary, will be stepping down from her position effective August 25, to pursue another opportunity that will allow her to further
advance her long-term professional objectives outside the gaming industry.
Following James’ departure, Oliver Chow, the company’s current senior vice president of corporate finance, will assume the role of interim CFO until a permanent successor is appointed.
The Light & Wonder board of directors has initiated a search for a permanent replacement at CFO, retaining a leading search firm to assist in evaluating both internal and external candidates for the role.
“Connie has played a key role in advancing Light & Wonder’s cultural and financial transformation, which has led to operational excellence, double-digit growth and a strengthened balance sheet,” said Matt Wilson, chief executive officer of Light & Wonder.
“She also helped us build a deep and talented finance team that will help provide a smooth transition to the next chapter of financial leadership within the company. On behalf of the board and management team. I wish her well in her future endeavors.”
James said, “Serving alongside such a talented team has been a highlight of my career, and I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished together. We have scaled our business, evolved our capital allocation strategy and driven considerable efficiencies that have created a stronger, more flexible Light & Wonder.
“I am confident that Light & Wonder is well-positioned for continued success, and I am focused on ensuring a seamless transition over the coming months.”
Prior to joining Light & Wonder in October 2022, Chow spent five years in senior-level finance roles at Aristocrat, most recently serving as chief financial officer-Americas, EMEA and customer experience. Previously, he served in various financial roles with Universal Pictures, Deluxe Entertainment Services and JPMorgan Chase & Co.