Las Vegas-based Konami Gaming has expanding its leadership team by promoting longstanding company talent.
[dropcap]K[/dropcap]onami Gaming has unveiled a series of key leadership promotions across the organisation as the group continues to strengthen and expand its business operations.
Recognised for their longstanding success and dedication, the following Konami team members have achieved new promotional appointments: Michael Coppert, vice president of customer service; Alan Cripe, senior director of regional sales; Jeff George, senior director of software engineering; Lori Olk, senior director of regulatory compliance; Scott Richards, senior director of system sales; Eddie Sepich, senior director of embedded and interface systems; Norio Tone, senior director of hardware platform product; Steve Walther, senior director of product management; and Casey Whalen, senior director of regional sales.
“These new appointments are an example of the strong tenure and excellent calibre of professionals working each day to ensure the long term success of our customers, our business, and our industry,” said Steve Sutherland, chief operating officer and executive vice president at Konami.
“We share a common objective of driving the next generation of great games and technology to market. By investing in our talent, we are reinforcing our core values of quality, service, accountability, and performance.”
Newly appointed as vice president of customer service, Michael Coppert joined Konami Gaming in April 2012 as director of customer service and technical support. His Michael’s experience spans more than 35 years, having held both technical and senior management positions focusing on areas of business development, customer service, software development and project management.
In 2013, Steve Walther joined Konami Gaming to oversee games product management, and his role has since expanded to include both the games and systems areas of the business. As senior director of product management, he is responsible for global product planning, lifecycle support and performance analysis, which includes gathering and prioritising product and customer requirements, defining the product vision and roadmap, and building product launch and retirement strategies, while working closely with internal departments to ensure execution.
With over 20 years of gaming industry experience, Walther has a broad knowledge of product management and global gaming systems with extensive expertise in casino marketing, software development, project management, quality assurance, and organisational behaviour.