Gaming Intelligence has spoken, choosing their HOT 50 of 2017. The list contains the names of the most promising and talented individuals from the gaming world. They are the kind of people we can expect to drive the industry forward in the coming period. Among those making the list are a few CEOs of the companies expected to make headway in the next months and beyond.
The CEOs of the Future
For a company to be successful, it is crucial to have a capable CEO with experience and a vision. The names on the GI HOT 50 list have both of these qualities, and they’ve played a big role in the success of their respective companies.
Johan Bergenudd of Casino Room is one of these people. What Bergenudd has done for Sweden’s latest sensation secured him the place on the HOT 50 list beyond any doubt. In just one year performing as the CEO, he took the company from the flat out zero to some €30 million in gross gaming revenues. We dare say the future looks bright for Casino Room and Bergenudd at its helm.
Another young CEO, Alexander Stevendahl has been with Videoslots for less than two years. Armed with the experience from his days as a successful poker affiliate, Stevendahl managed to bring Videoslots from a zero to hero. He took company’s gross gaming revenues to €3 million in the first 18 months of its operation. As someone with an affiliate background, the young CEO is no stranger to successful marketing. This certainly helped get Videoslots to where it is today. At the same time, the company has brought some very successful novelties. Their Battle of Slots tournaments has added a new flare to the favorite pastime of casino players around the globe.
Jamie Hart of gaming company Tabcorp is a man with a rich and colorful portfolio. His experience would be an asset to every company in the industry. The former William Hill executive will have a challenging year ahead, battling for the share of highly competitive sports betting market in the UK. While the task at hand may be hard, if there is one man who can do it, that’s Jamie Hart. His vast experience, combined with his passion for gaming, make him an ideal choice to lead the company forward.
Swedish company Cherry has been making some impressive headway in the recent period. Creating many critical deals, especially the €280 million one with ComeOn, Cherry has clearly become the force to be reckoned within the industry. A lot of credit for this progress goes to Anders Holmgren. The co-founder of the company has now taken the role of the Interim CEO. Holmgren’s novel approach to business, investing in companies instead of straight up acquiring them, has produced some impressive results. Once limited to Scandinavian markets, Cherry has been on the path of expansion. The company has penetrated markets in the UK, Poland, and Germany, with further plans for expansion.
Future of iGaming
With people like Stevendahl, Bergenudd, Holmgren, and Hart leading the way, the iGaming industry has nothing to worry about. While there are many challenges along the road, these are the men who know just how to tackle them. These bright and talented CEOs are the ones who can (and will) lead the future of the iGaming sector.