Scientific Games has confirmed the appointment of Steve Beason as President of Digital and Sports Betting for the company’s lottery unit.
The hire sees Beason returning to Scientific Games where, between 2005 and 2016, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of the firm’s Lottery System division.
After leaving Scientific Games, Beason went on to work for Inspired Entertainment, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and GTECH in technology executive roles.
“Steve’s experience and hands-on team approach make him a perfect fit to complement our Executive Leadership Team,” commented Scientific Games CEO Pat McHugh.
“He’ll add immediate value across our technology, operations, content, and services offerings with a global view on commercially developing our business.
“Under Steve’s leadership, as we continue to accelerate growth, our digital product innovation will enhance each of our existing product lines, expanding play and promotion of lottery games.”
Beason returns to Scientific Games as the unit completes its $5bn sell-off to US investment fund Brookfield Business Partners, agreed by Light & Wonder, the new business identity of Scientific Games focused on creating igaming and land-casino games.
As a result of the divestment, Scientific Games will take full ownership of the former US Nasdaq group’s lottery technology and systems unit.
McHugh added: “Our recent successes in Denmark, Hungary, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, where we deliver integrated programs for lottery instant games, draw games, and sports betting across retail and digital channels, have created opportunities and an exciting need to expand our technology leadership across all lottery categories and consumer experiences.”