Matt Wilson to Lead Light & Wonder as President and Chief Executive Officer

By | October 17, 2022

Light & Wonder, an internationally renowned provider of brick-and-mortar and online casino products based in Las Vegas and previously known as Scientific Games, has appointed Matt Wilson as President and CEO, and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Since the end of August, Wilson has guided the leadership transition as interim CEO after the resignation of Barry Cottle.

With regard to Mr. Wilson’s appointment, Light & Wonder also announced that Siobhan Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Gaming, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Gaming.

Impressive Leadership & Strategic Vision

Soon after naming Matt Wilson interim CEO, Light & Wonder’s Board of Directors unanimously determined that Wilson has all necessary qualities to lead the company’s next chapter. With nearly 20 years of gaming industry experience and a proven record of driving growth, he is expected to unleash the full potential of this famous supplier of ground-breaking casino solutions.

Jamie Odell, Executive Chair of the Light & Wonder Board of Directors, commented:

“Matt has demonstrated impressive leadership, strategic vision, and a passion for our business. He fully embodies the Light & Wonder culture rooted in embracing innovation, a player-first mentality and a deep commitment to performing and winning as a team. The Board is confident in Matt’s ability to unlock the full potential of Light & Wonder as we enter this exciting next chapter.”

Honored that the Board entrusted him with their business, Matt Wilson said:

“I am excited to work with the best team in the business as we chart our cross-platform future. With a portfolio of unparalleled evergreen franchises, industry leading positions and unmatched platforms, combined with a strengthened balance sheet, we are well-positioned to drive substantial growth and shareholder value.”

Wilson holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School. Before joining the Light & Wonder team, he was President and Managing Director, Americas at Aristocrat, another well-known iGaming company.

Successful Collaboration

In connection with Mr. Wilson’s appointment, Siobhan Lane, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Gaming, has taken the role of the new Chief Executive Officer of Gaming. Prior to joining Light & Wonder at the beginning of 2020, Lane had worked for Aristocrat together with Wilson.

Very pleased to announce Lane’s appointment as the new Gaming CEO, Matt Wilson said:

“Siobhan has played a pivotal role in helping me lead the Gaming business since joining the Company in 2020, and her strong leadership and depth of experience have helped drive our success. Siobhan has been critical to our efforts to reposition the business and is one of the most strategic and capable leaders I have had the pleasure of working alongside.

“I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Siobhan in this new role and am confident that under her leadership, our Gaming business is well-positioned for continued growth.”


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