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iGB Most Influential Women 2020

iGB Announces Most Influential Women 2020 List

For the third consecutive year, the iGB Most Influential Women list is here to celebrate the highest achieving women in the iGaming industry. Now, in 2020, the survey has gone from strength to strength seeing a huge increase in the number of nominations from within the industry, with almost three times more entries in comparison to last year. 

Some of the 2020 candidates were nominated for their influence on the iGaming sector, some for making an impact on their company, and others for being seen as a role model or champion of diversity.

iGB Most Influential Women 2020

Just like in the previous years, the 2020 list of the most influential women aims to showcase the industry’s most accomplished women and inspire others to progress their careers within the iGaming sector.

This year’s list features true role models for other ambitious female managers within the iGaming sector.

iGaming Business has just revealed the results of its Most Influential Women 2020 list and these are the most powerful individuals who have made this year’s cut. 

In alphabetical order, the 2020 list features:

  • Anika Howard - VP, digital marketing and branding, Foxwoods
  • Cristina Romero de Alba - Partner, Loyra Abogados
  • Eva Karagianni-Goel - COO, Colossus Bets
  • Lara Falzon - Operational chief financial officer, NetEnt/CFO, Red Tiger
  • Maris Catania - Head of responsible gaming and research, Kindred
  • Sara Slane - Founder, Slane Advisory
  • Sarafina Wolde Gabriel - VP of strategy, Income Access
  • Stéphane Pallez - CEO, Française des Jeux (FDJ) 
  • Sue van der Merwe - Managing director lotteries and Keno, Tabcorp 
  • Susan Hensel - Director of licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

All of them deserved recognition for their hard work and extraordinary business results in gaming. 

Eight judges – Ewa Bakun, Britt Boeskov, Andrew Bulloss, Stephen Carter, Christie Eickelman, Richard Schuetz, Christina Thakor-Rankin, and Helen Walton – had a difficult task to decide on who will be among the most powerful women in the iGaming industry.

The Runners-up

Because of an increase in both the quantity and quality of nominees that arrived this year, the judges had a difficult task to also single out and list five runners-up, chosen as follows:

  • Dhruti Gore, Director of streaming, Genius Sports Group
  • Daniela Johansson, Deputy CEO and chief responsibility officer, Paf
  • Ciara Nic Liam, Director of product – gaming, Betsson
  • Brigid Simmonds, Chair, Betting and Gaming Council
  • Lindsay Slader, VP regulatory affairs, Geocomply

Due to the fact that some of the job losses among women in 2020 were influenced by Covid-19, and as a result of the increased pressure on those with children, there are unambiguous warnings about the future for women in the workplace.

The unexpected change to shutdown the schools and limit the childcare options forced women to work from home placing huge pressure on families, mostly being felt by women. Many studies showed that mothers who had kept working were taking on more additional childcare, being the ones responsible for most of the housework and caregiving. 

So now, it’s more essential than ever to single out and celebrate those women who have made it to the top of the iGaming industry.

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