Matthews to succeed Baker as IGT chairman

Dec 14, 2004 6:31 AM

T.J. Matthews, current CEO of International Game Technology (IGT), will add the position of company chairman next March 1 when the board of directors accepts the retirement notice of G. Thomas Baker.

Matthews became an IGT executive and a member of the board of directors in December 2001 when the company acquired the assets of competitor Anchor Gaming Inc.

He began his career in the industry with Global Gaming Distributors, Inc. He was president of that company in 1994 when it became part of Anchor Gaming. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Southern California.

Attorney Scott Scherer will not seek a second term as a member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, he acknowledged last week.

Scherer said he would not ask Gov. Kenny Guinn for another three-year term. He declined to say what his plans are for the future. In 1998, Scherer ran unsuccessfully for the position of state attorney general.

Paul Rubeli, who has guided the affairs of Aztar Corp. (AZR) for the past 15 years, will retire as chairman and CEO on March 1, 2005. Succeeding him will be Robert Haddock, current president and CFO.

At the annual Alliance Gaming Corp. (AGI) shareholders meeting last week, two directors were re-elected to three-year terms. They are Jacques Andre and Richard Haddrill.

Robert Norton, who holds a bachelor of science degree in hospitality from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been promoted to vice president of gaming operations for the Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE).

Norton has been with the company since 1997 and most recently served as vice president and general manager of the company’s gaming facility in Kansas City.

Also promoted by Isle of Capri was Michael Tamburelli. He becomes vice president and general manager of the Isle of Capri Casino in Kansas City.

Lonny Powell, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, will leave that job on Feb. 1, 2005, to become vice president of public affairs for Youbet.com (UBET).

Powell, whose experiences in the thoroughbred racing industry include being president and general manager of Santa Anita and Turf Paradise racetracks as well as being program coordinator of the Race Track Industry Program at the University of Arizona, will also be responsible for developing Youbet.com’s activities in the central region of the U.S.

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has elected two former Wall Street executives to be co-chair of the board of trustees. They are Steve Duncker, formerly of Goldman Sachs, and Peter Karches, a former COO of Morgan Stanley.