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Steve McCann Steps Down as Crown Resorts CEO

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Following the $8.9 billion takeover of Crown Resorts by US investment firm Blackstone, the CEO of the Australian casino and hotels giant Steve McCann has announced he will step down.

McCann, who is also the CEO of Crown Melbourne, will be replaced by Wynn Macau Limited chief operating officer Ciarán Carruthers – commencing in September this year.

The outgoing CEO has only been in the top job for just over a year, and was initially appointed to fill the void left by the departure of Ken Barton following the Bergin Inquiry into Crown’s suitability to hold a casino licence.

That review ultimately determined the company was unsuitable to operate a casino at its recently completed Barangaroo tower, but in the months since the company has been granted conditional approval to open gaming operations in Sydney.

Crown says in the 13 months McCann was CEO he oversaw comprehensive cultural change, realised “significant” operational improvements, and achieved approval for Crown Sydney to commence gaming operations.

“We thank Steve for his leadership over the last 13 months, including implementing a strong reform and remediation plan and improving the culture of Crown Resorts. We wish the best for him as he pursues other opportunities,” says Blackstone head of real estate Australia, Christ Tynan.

“Blackstone is committed to investing in Crown, helping it realise its true potential as a world-class leader in travel and leisure. Part of that involves bringing in global expertise to complement the existing skills within the business.

“Ciarán Carruthers is a highly experienced and respected industry veteran who shares our commitment to continuing the transformation at Crown and delivering an exceptional experience for all visitors.”

McCann says he is “incredibly proud” of what he and his team have achieved during his tenure as CEO, which “laid the foundations for Crown’s next chapter”.

“I came into this role at a very challenging time for Crown and I will leave Crown proud that we have made a positive impact on the future of this business,” says McCann.

“I’d like to thank the hardworking board members of Crown who have provided me tremendous support, as well as every member of the team who has contributed their important part.

“Crown is an incredible place – from its properties to its product and its people. It has been an honour to be part of the team and I look forward to seeing Crown’s continued success as part of the Blackstone family and under the stewardship of Ciarán, who have my full support in their vision to help Crown realise its full potential.”

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ACMA Blocks More Illegal Offshore Gambling Websites

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The ACMA has requested that Australian internet service providers (ISPs) block more illegal offshore gambling websites.

The sites include Spin Oasis, Fab Spins, RB Carnival, The GoGo Room, Velvet Spin, Zenith Slots, Slots of Wins, Latinbet24, Hell Spin, Sky Crown, Blue Leo, Wolf Winner, Bizzo Casino, Wabo88 and Ozbet88.

The ACMA investigated and found these services to be operating in breach of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

Website blocking is one of a range of enforcement options to protect Australians against illegal online gambling. Since the ACMA made its first blocking request in November 2019, 614 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have been blocked.

Over 180 illegal services have also pulled out of the Australian market since the ACMA started enforcing new illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017.

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IAGR ANNOUNCES DIGITAL TICKET TO UPCOMING CONFERENCE

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IAGR looks forward to welcoming around 200 international gambling regulators, industry stakeholders and thought leaders to Melbourne for its conference, A Kickstart for collaboration: Sparking innovation in regulatory practice, from 17 – 20 October.

To extend the reach of the content to regulators who can’t make it to Australia, IAGR has created a ticket to access the recordings from the conference.

IAGR2022’s digital ticket provides one year’s access to the recordings. IAGR President, Dr Jason Lane, says that this way, attendees can watch the content in their time zone as many times as they like.

“For last year’s conference, we had little choice but to create a digital ticket, given so many of us were unable to travel,” says Dr Lane.

“This year, while we’re thrilled to see in-person ticket sales return to pre-pandemic numbers, we still want to offer the opportunity for as many regulators as possible to access the fantastic sessions we have lined up for Melbourne.

This year’s conference features around 40 speakers and panelists, including:

  • Andrew Rhodes, CEO, Gambling Commission United Kingdom
  • Professor Sally Gainsbury, Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic, Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney
  • Michael Morton, Senior Policy Counsel, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Fran Thorn, Chair, Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission
  • Are Bashir, Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority

“Your ticket to IAGR2022, whether you watch the recorded sessions or attend in the flesh, allows you to step back and hear from expert speakers and panel discussions on the latest research, trends, and innovative solutions.”

Head to the IAGR conference page to explore the conference program and secure a ticket.

IAGR is proud to hold this year’s conference in partnership with hosts, the Victorian Gambling and Casino Control Commission.

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Konami Australia Promotes David Punter to Operations Manager Sales, Marketing and Services Across ANZ and APAC

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Konami Australia announced the appointment of experienced industry leader David Punter to operations manager sales, marketing and service ANZ / APAC to expand his role in Konami to include the Asia region and service.

Punter brings more than two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product strategy, along with business operations, to this role.

Leading sales in ANZ, he has driven growth in these domestic markets and will continue that to the Asia Pacific region, combined with his extensive experience and demonstrated track record of success.

As operations manager sales, marketing and service for ANZ / APAC, he will focus on customer requirements and drive sales and product strategies to meet the needs of these regions.

“David has been in senior roles in the gaming industry for nearly two decades, with a passion for sales, marketing products and meeting customers gaming requirements. This has been reflected in his time with Konami for nearly five years, driving sales and customer results across the domestic markets in ANZ,” said Steve Sutherland, managing director at Konami Australia and president and CEO of Konami Group Corporation’s global gaming & systems division.

“With David’s expanded leadership across Asia and passion for effective market delivery, his expanded role will drive even further momentum across ANZ and APAC,” Steve Sutherland added.

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