Amaya appoints new board advisor & VP of strategic ventures

Canada’s Amaya has announced the appointment of former commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Chris Lewis as an advisor to its board of directors, while also bringing in George Sweny as vice president of strategic ventures. Lewis joins Ben Soave as a board advisor, having spent 28 years of his career in leadership positions in the police, before retiring in March last year. He has served as commander of the OPP’s Investigations, Information Technologies and Emergency Management Bureaus, as well as director of Ontario’s Criminal Intelligence Service.

Amaya’s new vice president of strategic ventures, George Sweny, is the former senior vice president of charitable and iGaming for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). He began his career with the Ontario Lottery Corporation (OLC) in 1975, leading both the lottery and bingo business units during his time with the company, as well as serving as president of the Interprovincial Lotteries Corporation.

He has also served as chief strategy officer for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and currently serves as a board member for the Responsible Gambling Council of Canada.

Amaya chairman and CEO David Baazov said he was “extremely honoured” to be able to have individuals as experienced as Lewis and Sweny join the business.

“As a company operating in a heavily regulated industry, Mr Lewis’s experience will ensure we continue to lead the way in security processes and procedures as well as integrity, which are of crucial importance to our customers, as well as governments and industry partners,” Baazov explained.

“Additionally, Mr Sweny has extensive gaming industry experience in both the public and private sector and will ensure we maintain the highest standards in responsible gaming,” he said of Sweny’s appointment.

In related new, Amaya was this week selected as TSX Tech Stock of the Year, while CEO Baazov was selected as TSX Tech Executive of the Year by Canadian technology analysts and readers of technology magazine Cantech Letter.

It marks the third year in a row that both Baazov and Amaya have won the awards, with Cantech Letter editor Nick Waddell commenting: “Through excellent management, strong governance and smart execution, Amaya has outperformed the market since going public in 2010,.

“Building upon its historic success in strategically acquiring companies and driving growth, the company’s purchase of Rational Group in 2014 has delivered fantastic shareholder value, and Mr Baazov was deservedly recognized for his vision, determination and ability to complete such a transformational acquisition,” he explained.

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