WMS appoints new exec

Aug 23, 2005 4:05 AM

Patricia Barten, a 25-year veteran of the technology field, has been named senior vice president of manufacturing for WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (WMS).

Barten held several executive positions during her tenure from 1979 to 2003 with Motorola. More recently, she has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Chicago where she taught product portfolio management, project management and strategy realization management.

She is a member of the board of directors of INSCITE Illinois, a not-for-profit organization focusing on the academic development of children.

Company President and CEO Brian Gamache said Barten will play a major role in the company’s ongoing implementation of initiatives aimed at improving our manufacturing efficiency.

Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN) announced a pair of appointments last week. They were Eugene P., Clark as senior vice president of human resources, and Richard J. Klemp as vice president, government relations.

For the past 11 years, Klemp has served as regional vice president, government relations for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET) while Clark was corporate vice president, organizational development for Caesars Entertainment Inc. (CZR).

Steven Beason will be leaving his post at the Hong Kong Jockey Club where he was executive director, information technology, to join Scientific Games Corporation (SGMS) as its new chief technology officer.

Before joining the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Beason spent a dozen years with GTECH Corporation (GTK) in several technology related capacities.

Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE) has promoted Mo Hyder to vice president/general manager of Isle of Capri-Bettendorf, Iowa. Also, Hyder will be responsible for the operation of Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, Iowa.

Hyder joined ISLE in 2000 as senior director of finance for the Isle properties in the Quad City area. Most recently, he was vice president of finance for Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona, Iowa.