Gaming Intelligence is delighted to unveil a stellar panel of judges to help pick the 2014 Hot 50, a celebration of the most inspirational people working in online gaming.

888’s Itai Frieberger, Gavin Kelleher of Goodbody, Plumbee’s Raf Keustermans, Nigel Payne of Merlin, Microgaming’s Roger Raatgever, Christian Rajter of At The Front Line and PokerStars’ Paul Telford join the panel for the first time. Joe Brennan, Andrew Bulloss and Nicky Senyard reprise the roles they performed so well last year.

The Hot 50 is the only gaming award that looks to celebrate individual achievements, to cheer the successes of marketing gurus, legal brains, technical wizards as well as C-level executives and other outstanding leaders.

To discover these unsung heroes we need your help, so please email us with your nominations. The closing date is November 8th and then it is over to our judges to run the rule over your nominations. Thanks to them all for helping and thanks to all of you who have sent in your nominations so far.

Joe Brennan
Executive Director, Industrial Strength
Joe is the founder of government relations firm Industrial Strength, which focuses on gaming and digital media. He was previously director of the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA), which was the driving force behind New Jersey’s iGaming legislation.

Andrew Bulloss
Head of Betting and Gaming, Odgers Berndtson
Andrew specialises in executive search for organisations recruiting directors, senior executives, C-level and non-executive directors in the international betting and gaming industry. He is the practice head within Odgers Berndtson responsible for promoting the firm’s global capabilities with online operators, suppliers, manufacturers, lotteries and regulators.

Itai Frieberger
Chief Operating Officer, 888 Holdings
Itai has held a number of roles at 888 since joining the online gaming operator a decade ago. His influential spell as COO has seen him masterminding the company’s renaissance over the past two years.

Gavin Kelleher
Equity Analyst, Goodbody Stockbrokers
Gavin is one of the gaming industry’s most insightful analysts. He rejoined Goodbody after two years at Merion Capital and a spell as consultant to H2 Gambling Capital.

Raf Keustermans
CEO, Plumbee
Raf is the co-founder and CEO of social casino games company Plumbee. He is also a director of the International Social Games Association and a board member of Bonza Gaming, Plumbee’s real money social games joint venture with Unibet. He has worked in gaming for over a decade with companies such as Unibet and Electronic Arts.

Nigel Payne
Owner, Merlin Financial Advisors
Nigel has spent 20 years in the gaming industry working for a range of companies including a six-year spell as the chief executive of Sportingbet, which had a market value of £2bn when he left the company in 2006. Nigel founded Merlin Financial Advisors the same year.

Roger Raatgever
CEO, Microgaming
Roger has been at the helm of Microgaming for over a decade. The software company is one of the biggest names in online gaming, providing casino, poker and bingo solutions to over 400 gaming brands worldwide.

Christian Rajter
CEO, At The Front Line
Christian is the founder and CEO of At The Front Line, a consultancy company specializing in gaming. He founded Mobenga and served as its CEO until after its acquisition by Playtech. Prior to founding Mobenga in 2006, Christian spent several years at, culminating in a final year as the company’s CEO.

Nicky Senyard
CEO, Income Access
Nicky founded Income Access in 2002 in response to a need for an intuitive affiliate tracking and reporting software catered specifically to the needs of iGaming operators. The company now works with more than 200 leading iGaming brands and houses the largest iGaming-specific affiliate network, comprising more than 25,000 marketing partners operating in the UK, European, Australian, North and South American markets.

Paul Telford
General Counsel, Rational Group
Paul is the general counsel and a board member of Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. He is one of the most respected lawyers in the industry, working at PartyGaming and magic circle law firm Allen & Overy before joining Rational Group.


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