Sightline Payments brings in new talent with five executives added to senior leadership team

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Sightline Payments, the financial technology supplier to the sports betting, lottery and gaming sectors, has appointed five new executives to its senior leadership team.

John Gronen joins as Chief Financial Officer, while Jennifer Carleton will serve as the Company’s Chief Legal Officer. Through its recent $100m funding round, the firm has also appointed Muriel Lotto as Chief Marketing Officer, while Katrina Sevier will serve as its Chief People Officer and Felicia Gassen will be Chief of Staff. 

The executive appointments, said Sightline, strengthen its leadership as the company scales to support rapid growth and customer demand.

CEO Joe Pappano commented: “We are pleased to welcome John, Jennifer, Muriel, Felicia and Katrina to Sightline Payments. The collective expertise and proven track record that they bring from working with some of the world’s most recognized companies will play an instrumental role in managing the company’s hyper-growth and expansion. 

“In the near and long-term, we plan to invest significant capital in recruiting diverse and expert talent to drive key Sightline priorities around market growth and innovation. Our goal is to have the most talented and diverse team in the gaming and payments industries.”

As CFO, Gronen will oversee all finance operations including banking, treasury, budgeting, and reporting. His experience delivers deep value to the company having recently served as CFO for payments processor VPay, Inc. and head of operations for VCE, a subsidiary of EMC, Cisco Systems and VMWare. 

Carleton joins Sightline having spent her entire legal career in the gaming sector. She was in-house counsel for an Indian casino and for the last 14 years an adviser to some of the premier public and private gaming and investment companies in the world.

She is currently helping to establish an advanced Indian law and advanced gaming curriculum at the UNLV Boyd School of Law through her teaching at the law school and her work with the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Lotto brings over 25 years in International Marketing to her new role as Chief Marketing Officer. She will lead transformative marketing strategies across audience definition and targeting, customer journeys, messaging, and media mix optimization. In her role, she will drive brand awareness and commercial results through public relations, creative, and advertising partners. 

Sevier brings expertise around the ever-changing organizational landscape of culture and talent and will be tasked with growing Sightline Payments’ team, which is expected to double in size this year.

Prior to Sightline, she led comprehensive talent strategies delivering growth and implementing change across global organizations in the financial services, technology, media, and advertising industries including Western Union and IPG Mediabrands.

Gassen, appointed Chief of Staff to Pappano and the executive leadership team, is the former Executive Director of Global Gaming Women where she managed the executive board of directors, committees, sponsorship, and global membership.