Walter Bugno, as Executive Vice President of New Business and Strategic Initiatives of IGT PLC, is responsible for executing upon the strategic objective of having a clear focus on our business’ strategic priorities within IGT’s portfolio. The group is responsible for leading business development in jurisdictions where IGT is not present, and where — while there may be a company presence — there is no defined product segment presence. Additionally, the group is responsible for managing new in-country initiatives during the start-up phase and offering on-demand commercial support globally for key accounts with multiple product requirements. It is also responsible for managing key strategic initiatives within existing jurisdictions as needed and as determined by company leadership.
Prior to this role, Mr. Bugno served as Chief Executive Officer, International, where he was responsible for the management and strategic development of the International region. He worked directly with IGT PLC’s management teams to implement the Company’s vision through the ongoing delivery of value to customers, shareholders, and employees.
Mr. Bugno led the Company’s lottery, gaming, and interactive businesses throughout Europe (except Italy), as well as in the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. He also oversaw private manager agreement opportunities across these regions.
He joined GTECH S.p.A. (formerly known as Lottomatica Group) in July 2010 as President and CEO of SPIELO International (now integrated into GTECH). He led the business by capitalizing on the many growth opportunities in the gaming industry, and overseeing the Company’s long-term strategic direction. In 2012, Mr. Bugno’s portfolio expanded to include the Company’s interactive business. Under his leadership, SPIELO experienced substantial growth and became a major contributor to the Company’s total earnings.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bugno was the CEO of Casinos for Tabcorp Holdings Limited, Australia’s premier gambling and entertainment group. During his tenure with Tabcorp, Mr. Bugno transformed the business from being product-driven to customer-driven by revitalizing the customer casino experience with new loyalty programs, products, and customer service. Some of his successes included a new 12-year exclusive casino license with the New South Wales government, expansion of gaming products, and increases in market share.
Prior to Tabcorp, Mr. Bugno was President of Campbell Soup Company in Asia Pacific from 2002 to 2006. He was responsible for Campbell’s food products, manufacturing, and distribution. He was previously Managing Director of Lion Nathan Australia, a division of Lion, one of Australasia’s leading beverage and food companies.
Mr. Bugno grew up in Australia and Italy, and has Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees from the University of New South Wales, Australia.