Sebastian Salat to head WMS International Inc.

February 05, 2008 6:12 AM
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WMS Gaming Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc., announced last week that Sebastian Salat, 49, has been promoted to the new position of president of WMS International.

Salat joined WMS Gaming in January 2000, and has led the company’s commercial efforts to increase its penetration in the global marketplace.

"Sebastian’s strong management skills, including his extensive global gaming industry relationships and experience, have been instrumental in WMS’ success in expanding the sales and profitability of our international operations," said Brian R. Gamache, president and chief executive officer of WMS Industries. "With Sebastian’s contributions, our international footprint has grown rapidly and today generates over 30% of our global new unit sales. With the international success we have achieved to date and the substantial potential to garner additional market share, aligning our total international focus under Sebastian will support the further growth of our global presence in the years ahead."

In his new role, Salat will oversee WMS’ international business strategy, market development, sales and distribution, and operational execution efforts.

In addition to his focus on growing existing markets, supporting customers’ needs and pursuing the development and opening of appropriate new international markets, Salat will also direct the operations and expansion of Orion Gaming and Systems in Progress (SiP), which were acquired by WMS in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

Salat most recently served as WMS’ vice president and managing director, International division, and possesses more than 25 years of experience in the gaming industry. Before joining WMS, Salat served for 16 years as managing director of UNIDESA Gaming, one of the largest slot machine manufacturers in Europe and Latin America.

Golden Gaming taps Shawn Donovan

Golden Gaming, Inc., operator of Golden Casino Group and Golden Tavern Group, has named Shawn Donovan regional manager.

 Donovan joined PT’s Entertainment Group more than ten years ago and served as the regional manager for seven taverns throughout the Las Vegas area. 

In 2005, he moved to Reno to serve as regional manager for Northern Nevada taverns including Sierra Gold and Sparky’s Sports Bar & Grill. 

Donovan returns to Las Vegas to manage eight PT’s Pub and PT’s Place taverns.  He will be responsible for managing staff, food and beverage operations for each tavern location. Before joining Golden Gaming, he served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force followed by the management team of Big Dog’s Bar & Grill. 

"We are proud to appoint Shawn to regional manager," stated Steve Arcana, vice president of operations for Golden Gaming, Inc.  "His dedication, background and expertise make him a valuable asset to our continued growth and development in the Las Vegas area." 

MGM exec to head Jersey subsidiary

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission last week granted an MGM Mirage executive temporary approval to assume the role of president of the corporation’s Atlantic City subsidiary.

Kenneth Rosevear will oversee development of the $4.5 billion to $5 billion Atlantic City project expected to open by 2012.

Rosevear currently serves as president of MGM Mirage Development. He was found qualified once before in 1996 at a time MGM Grand considered a major project along the boardwalk.

MGM Mirage will own 72 acres of land in the Marina district adjacent to Borgata, which is 50 percent owned by MGM Mirage with Boyd Gaming Corp. Approximately 60 acres of the site will be used for construction of MGM Grand Atlantic City, with 12 acres reserved for future development.

The megaresort will consist of three separate hotel towers totaling 3,000 rooms and suites. Each tower will offer guests a different experience, sharing the largest casino floor in Atlantic City with 5,000 slot machines, 200 table games and a large poker room; a variety of restaurant, nightclub and entertainment concepts; a contemporary spa; 500,000 square feet of retail; and a convention center.

Groundbreaking is expected sometime this year.

Ivanka Trump OK’d to serve on board

At the same meeting, New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission gave final approval to Ivanka Trump serving on the board of directors of Trump Entertainment Resorts, which operates three casinos in Atlantic City.

The 26-year-old daughter of Donald and Ivana Trump received temporary approval in July, pending completion of an investigation into her background and finances.

Ivanka Trump currently serves as vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization LLC, and appears on "The Apprentice," the TV show on which her father fires someone each week.

In addition to being the daughter of a famous couple, she is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.