RICK BROWNLOW
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bonza Games

It is not easy helming a small start-up, but Rick Brownlow has led Bonza into uncharted waters as the first independent business to launch a real-money offering on Facebook. He is up against the giants of the industry and while growth is yet to soar, he is pioneering new ground. He has built up a strong team, managed JV partners Unibet and Plumbee well and secured a real coup with the exclusive use of Net Entertainment’s games for social use. While the focus of Bonza has been on exploring new territory, one gets the feeling that when the attention turns to the bottom line, Brownlow will deliver.

SUMIT GUPTA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bash Gaming

Sumit Gupta’s leadership has seen Bash Gaming establish itself as one of the most successful mobile social gaming operators, with its Bingo Bash out-grossing the likes of Jackpot Party Casino and  Slotomania on iPad. If Bash is sold this year, it will be one of the social sector’s biggest deals. Gupta is one of its most successful entrepreneurs.

RICK KELLEY
GLOBAL GAMING DIRECTOR
Facebook

Rick Kelley has led the development of Facebook’s offering to the gaming industry, distinguishing the social network as one of the most effective platforms on which to acquire, engage and retain desktop and mobile players. Kelley has worked hard to extend the gaming business from its European base to become a central business unit for Facebook worldwide. This represents a huge commitment on the part of the company, and Kelley deserves due praise for this achievement.

SIDAR SAHIN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Peak Games

While some have disputed the wisdom of focusing on localised markets, Sidar Sahin has successfully led Peak Games into untapped Middle Eastern markets, bringing social casino games to a tech-savvy, high-spending player base. The strategy of conquering one niche market at a time has allowed the company to build a strong and engaged audience.

AARON SCHURMAN
VP & MD OF SOCIAL GAMING
Williams Interactive

The leading iGaming suppliers and operators have tended to acquire rather than build their social casino brands and Williams Interactive has done a little of both. Aaron Schurman has masterminded the phenomenal rise of Williams’ Jackpot Party Casino social app. He has successfully repurposed real-money content for free-to-play, then sped up growth with deals for Phantom EFX and Jadestone. Jackpot Party’s late but successful entry into social casino shows that there is no barrier to entry when you do things right.

The Gaming Intelligence Hot 50 of 2014

GI HOT 50 Senior Management
GI HOT 50 Product Chiefs and Tech Wizards
GI HOT 50 Backstage Heroes
GI HOT 50 Sales & Marketing
GI HOT 50 Social Stars
GI HOT 50 Legal & Regulation

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