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PlayAGS names Ziems as new chief legal officer

| By Robert Fletcher
Gaming technology supplier PlayAGS has appointed Robert Ziems, formerly of Azure Gaming, as its new chief legal officer with immediate effect.

In the role, Ziems will lead the supplier’s legal and compliance affairs and also oversee the Latin America and interactive business strategy.

Ziems will bring more than 24 years of gaming and legal experience to AGS and joins the business after a 12-year spell with Azure Gaming, including the last four and a half years as president of its America business, global chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

Prior to this, he spent three years as president of law firm Ziems and one year as counsel at Bullivant Houser Bailey, while he also had a five-year spell working in a number of roles at Progressive Gaming International Corporation.

His other roles included associate general counsel at Aristocrat Technologies and associate general counsel at Station Casinos.

“Rob is a great addition to our leadership team as we diversify AGS’ portfolio and advance our business strategy,” AGS president and chief executive David Lopez said. “He has deep gaming and regulatory experience combined with a forward-thinking and collaborative leadership approach.”

Ziems succeeds Victor Gallo, who retired as general counsel at AGS after serving in the role since 2010. Gallo will remain as secretary for the business.

“Looking back, it is difficult to overstate the extraordinary impact Vic has had on AGS over the past 12 years,” Lopez said. “He was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of Cadillac Jack, as well as the company’s IPO in 2018, and he has helped shape the strategy, structure and culture that have made AGS successful as a company today. 

“On behalf of the entire leadership team, we wish him a well-deserved retirement.”

The appointment comes after AGS last month also named Adam Chibib as its new chairman. He replaces David Sambur, who recently stepped down from the board after serving as its chairman for the past five years.

Chibib has been an independent board member, chair of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee at PlayAGS for the past five years.

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