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Light & Wonder appoints Nejad to lead Americas gaming business


Light & Wonder has announced the appointment of Niaz Nejad as managing director of its gaming business in the Americas region.

Nejad joins the business having most recently served as senior vice president and head of marketing for the US and Canada at Aristocrat Gaming, a role in which she led the overall brand and marketing strategy.

Prior to this, Nejad had a spell as chief operating officer for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission in Canada, establishing the organization’s provincial gaming direction, corporate portfolio, digital transformation and revenue forecasts.

Nejad has also served in a number of other leadership roles across the IT, retail, banking, cannabis and gambling sectors.

She will join the Light & Wonder later this year, once her non-compete period concludes.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Niaz within our industry for many years, and I know her values, industry and business experience, as well as her people-centric leadership approach are the perfect fit for our team,” Light & Wonder chief executive of gaming Siobhan Lane said.

“As we continue to grow in the Americas, and around the world, I can think of no one better than Niaz to help strategically lead us in the right direction.”