Online gambling solutions provider NeoGames has announced the appointment of Robert Wesley as vice president of North American customer development.
In his new role, Wesley will work with lotteries across the continent to support them with their interactive offerings. He will also assist existing customer base with their ilottery programs and products.
Wesley joins after more than 25 years with the Virginia Lottery, where he served in a series of senior roles.
His most recent position was deputy executive director lottery. Under his leadership, overall lottery sales grew by 23% in the most recently completed fiscal year.
Wesley was also director of digital, director of sales and director of sales and marketing at the Virginia Lottery.
“It is a thrill to join NeoGames and work with such an impressive portfolio of lottery partners,” Wesley said. “The North American ilottery market is one that continues to grow rapidly. NeoGames is in a prime position to support lotteries who are interested in enhancing the interactive experience they offer.
“I am excited by the new challenges that lie ahead and look forward to sharing my expertise with the NeoGames team and our lottery partners.”
NeoGames chief executive Moti Malul added: “Rob is hugely respected within the lottery industry. He has an incredible track record of delivering ilottery growth during his time with Virginia Lottery.
“We want the right people to drive our efforts as we look to accelerate customers’ success. Rob joining NeoGames is a major coup and sharing his expertise with our customers will undoubtedly help to effectively grow their businesses.”
NeoGames shareholders back Aristocrat deal
The appointment comes after NeoGames shareholders last month overwhelmingly voted to back the acquisition of the business by Aristocrat Leisure.
Investors holding 86% of the business’s outstanding shares voted, with over 99% of votes cast in favour of the deal.
Announced in May, Aristocrat agreed to pay $1.20bn to take ownership of all shares in NeoGames.
NeoGames’ board has unanimously approved the deal but the acquisition remains subject to other closing conditions. These include receipt of all required gaming, antitrust and foreign investment regulatory approvals.
Subject to satisfaction of closing conditions, the two businesses hope to complete the deal in H1 of fiscal 2024.