Sports betting and gaming technology provider SBTech has named former Scientific Games chief executive Gavin Isaacs as its new chairman.

Isaacs begins his new role with SBTech today and will use his extensive experience of the gaming industry to expand the company’s US presence.

Isaacs resigned as vice chairman of Scientific Games last month, having served as chief executive of the New York-listed supplier between June 2014 and August 2016, prior to which he served as CEO of SHFL entertainment and chief operating officer of Bally Technologies. He oversaw the sale of SHFL to Bally in 2013, and led Scientific Games’ $5.1bn merger with Bally in 2014.

“I was approached by a number of companies since leaving Scientific Games, however I chose to join SBTech due to its superior technology, high standards across every discipline, entrepreneurial approach and incredible ambition and potential to grow further across a wide variety of regulated markets including the US where I am based and have an extensive network, knowledge and experience,” said Isaacs.

“The business has already made significant in-roads into the newly regulated US sports betting market and I am extremely excited to be able to help and advise the senior management team to expand that even further across 2019 and beyond.”

Since the US sports betting market opened up last year, SBTech has launched operations with leading casinos in regulated states including New Jersey and Mississippi.

“We’re thrilled that someone of Gavin’s calibre, credibility and experience has chosen to join SBTech,” said chief executive Richard Carter. “This is a huge coup for the business.

“Gavin’s two decades of successfully leading, transforming, and acquiring some of the biggest businesses in the gaming sector will be a massive advantage for us, particularly in the US where we have already partnered and gone live with several large brands across multiple states and where there are many more opportunities to grow.”

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