Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Odell was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited effective 1 February, 2009 and his appointment received regulatory approval on 13 May, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Mr Odell was Managing Director of Foster’s in the Australian and Asia Pacific region with responsibility for the sales and marketing of Foster’s extensive portfolio of beer, wine, spirits and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Before joining Foster’s, he was Regional Vice President (Asia Pacific) Allied Domecq Duty Free, responsible for sales through travel-related channels in Asia and Australasia. In October 2012, Jamie was appointed to the Board for the American Gaming Association (AGA).
Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Toni Korsanos was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2009, after joining Aristocrat in 2007 as General Manager, Group Finance.
Toni has almost 20 years’ experience in financial and general management at leading companies including Kellogg’s and Goodman Fielder Ltd. Immediately prior to joining Aristocrat, Toni was Senior Commercial Finance Manager – Business Support at Kellogg’s Australia / New Zealand. Toni also spent seven years with Coopers & Lybrand, Sydney in senior audit roles.
Toni holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting & Finance) from Macquarie University, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Managing Director ANZ, Asia Pacific & EMEA
Trevor Croker joined Aristocrat as Managing Director ANZ, Asia Pacific & EMEA in October 2009.
Trevor has significant experience building high performance sales organizations, most recently as Sales Director of Carlton & United Breweries. Trevor has also held sales transformation and leadership roles within Foster’s Australia and Beringer Blass Wine Estates, in addition to a number of national and regional sales management positions.
Trevor holds a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of New South Wales and an Associate Diploma Sports Administration from Griffith University.
President, Aristocrat Americas
Atul Bali joined Aristocrat as the President, Aristocrat Americas in June 2012.
Atul brings a deep understanding of regulated lotteries, online gaming, and gaming technology. Previously, as CEO of the XEN Group, Atul oversaw the expansion of the Group’s portfolio of social media, data technology, online gaming and ecommerce businesses. Atul previously held leadership roles at Grupo Lottomatica, including President of the GTECH G2 division and Group SVP for Corporate Development and Strategy.
A chartered accountant, Atul began his career with KPMG in the United Kingdom.
Chief Product Officer
Rich Schneider joined Aristocrat Leisure Limited as Chief Product Officer on 28 July 2011.
Rich brings with him more than twenty years of experience creating and delivering system and game products to the casino industry in the US, serving most recently as the CEO of Walker Digital Table Systems. Rich has also served as COO of Acres Gaming, VP of Game Engineering at Casino Data Systems and in a number of lead role positions in IGT’s system and game development/product management organizations.
Rich was also a founding member of the Gaming Standards Association and was Chairman for 3 years.
Rich has a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Chief Supply Officer
Jason Walbridge was appointed Chief Supply Officer effective July 2011, having joined the company in 1997.
Jason was previously Senior Vice President Design & Development, Integration and Services in the Aristocrat Americas business and has held a number of other roles within Aristocrat in the Americas and New Zealand. Prior to joining the business Jason was a management consult for Ernst & Young New Zealand and Impac Australia after serving as a commissioned officer in the New Zealand Army in a variety of operational leadership roles around the world.
Jason holds a Masters in Business Administration (International Management) from the Auckland Institute of Studies.
Managing Director, Strategy and Business Development
Craig Billings was appointed to the role of Managing Director, Strategy and Business Development in July 2012.
Craig has a long history within the gaming industry, having held senior roles at IGT, including Chief-of-Staff to the CEO and Head of Corporate Development, and within the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs where he served clients in the gaming industry, first from New York and then from London.
Craig holds a degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Mark Dunn was appointed Executive Vice President & General Counsel in December 2011.
Previously, Mark held roles with Caesars Entertainment Corporation and its predecessor Harrah's Entertainment Inc. for more than nine years, where his responsibilities included managing the legal affairs of the company's Western Division, including casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, and international locations such as the UK, South Africa, Egypt and Canada. Mark has also held roles in the private practice of law for 13 years.
Mark holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri.
Global Human Resources Director
Gayle Philpotts joined Aristocrat in July 2012 as Global Human Resources Director.
Gayle is an experienced HR leader, and comes to Aristocrat from the multinational pharmaceutical company iNova. Previously, Gayle has led HR teams at Wyeth / Pfizer, Sun Rice, George Weston Foods and Westpac bank among other assignments.
Gayle holds a Bachelor of Arts and MBA from the University of Wollongong, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Southern Cross University.
Manjit Gombra Singh
Chief Technology Officer
Manjit Gombra Singh was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Aristocrat in December 2012 after previously holding the role of Senior Vice President for Aristocrat responsible for research and development of enabling technologies.
Manjit has a broad background in technology, having worked at Juniper Networks on virtualization and management technologies as well as cloud initiatives, leadership roles on Internet and Mobile product lines at IGT, and engineering management roles at Sun Microsystems.
Manjit is a published author on cloud computing and mobile gaming technologies and holds a Master of Technology (Computer Science) degree from University of Hyderabad.
Senior Vice President, Platform Architecture
Victor Blanco joined Aristocrat as Senior Vice President of Platform Architecture in January 2010. Victor founded and leads Aristocrat’s development center in Austin, Texas with a focus on software innovation and next generation platforms.
Victor was previously Director of Software Architecture at HTC, helping drive HTC’s transition from a white label smartphone manufacturer to an established international brand. Victor also spent eight years with Microsoft as a Software Architect contributing to the launch of the Xbox video game console, the Xbox Live service, and Ultra-Mobile PC platforms.
Victor holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Texas A&M University.