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Aristocrat namesnew U.S. chief

May 13, 2003 7:09 AM

After a tumultuous six months that saw wholesale changes in upper management, Aristocrat Technologies has named Gavin Isaacs as president to oversee its North and South American operations.

"Gavin’s detailed knowledge of Aristocrat’s products and systems, as well as his relationship with regulators, will assist the company in successfully and profitably moving forward in the Americas," said Des Randall, Aristocrat chief executive officer.

Randall added that Isaacs takes over the U.S. subsidiary of the Australian-based gaming manufacturer after a successful stint in Europe, where he "led the strong growth of Aristocrat’s profits and business in that region" and spearheaded the "successful opening of new European markets."

While in Europe, Isaacs also led the Aristocrat team that completed the Casino Data Systems acquisition.

In addition, Isaacs has had experience dealing with Nevada regulators; he played an important role as general manager of legal and compliance for Aristocrat’s Nevada license application.

Before joining Aristocrat in 1999, Isaacs was a partner with the high-profile Australian law firm, Phillips Fox, where he built their successful property services business unit.

As a highly respected gaming attorney, Isaacs earned degrees in commerce and law from the University of New South Wales and Master of Law from Sydney University.

"I’m excited about the opportunity to head the U.S. business," Isaacs said. "This year alone, we are bringing to the market over 100 new game titles including several brand licensed products, video poker, numerous new bonusing features, new Hyperlink progressives, and our exciting Reel Power games that allow players to buy reels instead of lines.

"All that, capped with the strong performance of our MKVI games platform and new ticket-in, ticket-out systems technology, means that our Americas’ business has fantastic opportunities for growth."

Aristocrat Technologies is the U.S. subsidiary of Aristocrat Leisure Limited, the second largest gaming machine manufacturer in the world behind IGT.