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This excerpt taken from the WMS DEF 14A filed Oct 27, 2009.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following individuals have been elected by our Board of Directors to serve in the capacities set forth below until the next Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors and until their respective successors are elected and qualify.

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Brian R. Gamache

   50    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Orrin J. Edidin

   48    President

Scott D. Schweinfurth

   55    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Larry J. Pacey

   45    Executive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer

Kenneth Lochiatto

   46    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Kathleen J. McJohn

   50    Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

John P. McNicholas, Jr.

   56    Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

 

Brian R. GamacheThe principal occupation and employment experience of Mr. Gamache during the last five years is described under “Proposal 1—Election of Directors” above.

 

Orrin J. Edidin—Orrin J. Edidin began serving as our President in July 2008. Mr. Edidin joined WMS in 1997 and served as our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel until September 2001, when he became

 

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our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2003, he resigned as General Counsel and in February 2003, he resigned as Secretary, continuing to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until he was named President. Prior to joining WMS, Mr. Edidin was Associate General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. and Farley Industries. From 1986 through 1992, he was Senior Attorney with the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman. Mr. Edidin is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and is Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

Scott D. SchweinfurthScott D. Schweinfurth joined us in April 2000, assuming the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 1996 until March 2000, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the company now known as Bally Technologies, a diversified gaming company. Mr. Schweinfurth also acted as Managing Director of Bally’s Germany-based Bally Wulff subsidiary from November 1999 to March 2000. Bally acquired Bally Gaming International in 1996, where Mr. Schweinfurth had served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 1995. Prior to that time, he was employed by Ernst & Young for 18 years, the last six as a partner. Mr. Schweinfurth serves on the Accountancy Advisory Group of Miami University and is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Associates.

 

Larry J. Pacey—Larry J. Pacey has served as our Executive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer since July 2008. Mr. Pacey joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in 2001 as Executive Director of Games. In 2002, he was promoted to Vice President of Game Development and then, in 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Product Development with additional responsibilities for engineering and game development. He has an extensive background in the interactive entertainment and video gaming industry, joining WMS after previously having been Executive Producer with n-Space, Segasoft (a division of Sega) and Atari.

 

Kenneth Lochiatto—Kenneth Lochiatto began serving as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Mr. Lochiatto joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in April 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations. He joined WMS after 22 years with the General Electric Company, where he held a number of progressively more responsible positions in general management, sales, marketing and corporate audit. At General Electric, Mr. Lochiatto served as Americas Commercial Leader—Fluids and Coatings in the GE Silicones sector from 2001 through 2003 and then as Business Leader—Advanced Communication Systems within the GE Transportation segment until his departure in 2006.

 

Kathleen J. McJohn—Kathleen J. McJohn joined us in January 2003, assuming the offices of Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in February 2003. Previously, Ms. McJohn served in the law department of Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NASDAQ: SHLD) for more than five years, most recently as Vice President, Law – Merchandising, in which she served as their primary counsel for all merchandise businesses and was responsible for all commercial, regulatory and general legal counseling for the merchandise businesses. Ms. McJohn also served as corporate attorney for Amoco Corporation from 1993 to 1996 and began her career as an associate at Latham & Watkins, a global law practice.

 

John P. McNicholas, Jr.—John P. McNicholas, Jr. joined us in September 2003, as Executive Director—Finance. He was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in November 2005 and to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in August 2006. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 2001 to 2003, an independent accounting consultant. From 1999 to 2001 he was Vice President—Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of ForeFront Education, Inc., a private company which acquired and operated for-profit colleges. Mr. McNicholas was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Information Resources, Inc. a NASDAQ market research and software company from 1995 to 1999. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. McNicholas held the position of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of ITEL Corporation, a NYSE diversified holding company. Prior to that time, he was employed by Ernst & Young for 9 years, the last four as an audit manager.

 

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This excerpt taken from the WMS DEF 14A filed Oct 24, 2008.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following individuals have been elected by our Board of Directors to serve in the capacities set forth below until the next Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors and until their respective successors are elected and qualify.

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Brian R. Gamache

   49   

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Orrin J. Edidin

   47   

President

Scott D. Schweinfurth

   54   

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Larry J. Pacey*

   44   

Executive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer

Kenneth Lochiatto*

   45   

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Patricia C. Barten

   55   

Executive Vice President, Continuous Improvement

Kathleen J. McJohn

   49   

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

John P. McNicholas, Jr.

   55   

Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

 

* Became executive officers on July 1, 2008.

 

Brian R. Gamache—The principal occupation and employment experience of Mr. Gamache during the last five years is described under “Proposal 1—Election of Directors” above.

 

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Orrin J. Edidin—Orrin J. Edidin began serving as our President in July 2008. Mr. Edidin joined WMS in 1997 and served as our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel until September 2001, when he became our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2003, he resigned as General Counsel and in February 2003, he resigned as Secretary, continuing to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer until he was named President. Prior to joining WMS, Mr. Edidin was Associate General Counsel for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. and Farley Industries. From 1986 through 1992, he was Senior Attorney with the Chicago law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman. Mr. Edidin is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and is Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

Scott D. Schweinfurth—Scott D. Schweinfurth joined us in April 2000, assuming the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 1996 until March 2000, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the company now known as Bally Technologies, a diversified gaming company. Mr. Schweinfurth also acted as Managing Director of Bally’s Germany-based Bally Wulff subsidiary from November 1999 to March 2000. Bally acquired Bally Gaming International in 1996, where Mr. Schweinfurth had served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since 1995. Prior to that time, he was employed by Ernst & Young for 18 years, the last six as a partner. Mr. Schweinfurth serves on the Accountancy Advisory Committee of Miami University and is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Associates.

 

Larry J. Pacey—Larry J. Pacey has served as our Executive Vice President, Global Products and Chief Innovation Officer since July 2008. Mr. Pacey joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in 2001 as Executive Director of Games. In 2002, he was promoted to Vice President of Game Development and then, in 2005, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Product Development with additional responsibilities for engineering and game development. He has an extensive background in the interactive entertainment and video gaming industry, joining WMS after previously having been Executive Producer with n-Space, Segasoft (a division of Sega) and Atari.

 

Kenneth Lochiatto—Kenneth Lochiatto began serving as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2008. Mr. Lochiatto joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in April 2006 as Senior Vice President of Sales Operations. He joined WMS after 22 years with the General Electric Company, where he held a number of progressively more responsible positions in general management, sales, marketing and corporate audit. At General Electric, Mr. Lochiatto served as Americas Commercial Leader—Fluids and Coatings in the GE Silicones sector from 2001 through 2003 and then as Business Leader—Advanced Communication Systems within the GE Transportation segment until his departure in 2006.

 

Patricia C. Barten—Patricia C. Barten has served as our Executive Vice President, Continuous Improvement since July 2008. Ms. Barten joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in August 2005 as our Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. She was assigned additional responsibilities in 2006 that included Supply Chain and Business Process Development and served in this capacity until she assumed her current position. Prior to joining WMS, Ms. Barten held various senior strategy and operations leadership roles at Motorola, mainly in the telecommunications businesses from 1978 – 2003. Upon leaving Motorola, as Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Services Operations, Ms. Barten provided consulting services to several mid and large sized manufacturing and distribution firms until joining WMS. Ms. Barten is on the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit organization that promotes technology development at the middle school level.

 

Kathleen J. McJohn—Kathleen J. McJohn joined us in January 2003, assuming the offices of Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in February 2003. Previously, Ms. McJohn served in the law department of Sears, Roebuck and Co. (NYSE: S) for more than five years, most recently as Vice President, Law—Merchandising, in which she served as their primary counsel for all merchandise business and was

 

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responsible for all commercial, regulatory and general legal counseling for the merchandise businesses. Ms. McJohn also served as corporate attorney for Amoco Corporation from 1993 to 1996 and began her career as an associate at Latham & Watkins, a global law practice.

 

John P. McNicholas, Jr.—John P. McNicholas, Jr. joined us in September 2003, as Executive Director—Finance. He was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in November 2005 and to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in August 2006. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 2001 to 2003, an independent accounting consultant. From 1999 to 2001 he was Vice President—Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of ForeFront Education, Inc., a private company which acquired and operated for-profit colleges. Mr. McNicholas was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Information Resources, Inc. a NASDAQ market research and software company from 1995 to 1999. From 1985 to 1995, Mr. McNicholas held the position of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of ITEL Corporation, a NYSE diversified holding company. Prior to that time, he was employed by Ernst & Young for 9 years, the last four as an audit manager.

 

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This excerpt taken from the WMS DEF 14A filed Oct 24, 2007.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following individuals were elected at the last Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors immediately following our Annual Meeting of Stockholders in December, 2006 to serve in the capacities set forth below until the next Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors and until their respective successors are elected and qualify.

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Brian R. Gamache

   48    President and Chief Executive Officer

Orrin J. Edidin

   46    Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Scott D. Schweinfurth

   53    Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Kathleen J. McJohn

   48    Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Patricia C. Barten

   54    Senior Vice President—Supply Chain and Business Processes of WMS     Gaming Inc.

John P. McNicholas, Jr.

   54    Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

 

Brian R. Gamache—The principal occupation and employment experience of Mr. Gamache during the last five years is described under “Proposal 1—Election of Directors” above.

 

Orrin J. Edidin—Mr. Edidin joined us in 1997 and served as our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel until September 2001, when he became our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2003, he resigned as General Counsel and in February 2003, upon the appointment of Kathleen J. McJohn, he resigned as Secretary, continuing to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Edidin is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Associates and the Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

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Scott D. Schweinfurth—Mr. Schweinfurth joined us in April 2000, assuming the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 1996 until March 2000, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alliance Gaming Corporation, now known as Bally Technologies, Inc., a diversified gaming company. Mr. Schweinfurth also acted as Managing Director of Alliance’s Germany-based Bally Wulff subsidiary from November 1999 to March 2000. He is a member of the Accountancy Advisory Group to the Accountancy Department at Miami University, the AICPA, the Financial Executives Institute, the Illinois CPA Society and the International Association of Gaming Associates.

 

Kathleen J. McJohn—Ms. McJohn joined us in January 2003 as General Counsel and was appointed Vice President and Secretary in February 2003. From 1996 to December 2002, Ms. McJohn was Vice President, Law, at Sears, Roebuck and Co.

 

Patricia C. Barten—Ms. Barten joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in August 2005 as our Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. She was assigned additional responsibilities in September 2006 to include Supply Chain and Business Process Development. Prior to joining WMS, Ms. Barten held various senior operations leadership roles at Motorola mainly in the telecommunications businesses from 1978—2003. Upon leaving Motorola, as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Ms. Barten provided consulting services to several mid and large sized manufacturing and distribution firms until joining WMS. Ms. Barten holds a degree in Engineering Operations and is on the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit organization that promotes technology development at the middle school level.

 

John P. McNicholas, Jr.—Mr. McNicholas joined us in September 2003, as Executive Director—Finance. He was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in November 2005 and to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in August 2006. He is a certified public accountant and was, from August 2001 to September 2003, an independent accounting consultant. From October 1999 to August 2001 he was Vice President—Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of ForeFront Education, Inc., a private company which acquired and operated for-profit colleges. Mr. McNicholas was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Information Resources, Inc. a NASDAQ market research and software company from June 1995 to May 1999.

 

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This excerpt taken from the WMS DEF 14A filed Oct 26, 2006.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following individuals were elected at the last Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors immediately following our Annual Meeting of Stockholders in December, 2005 to serve in the capacities set forth below until the next Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors and until their respective successors are elected and shall qualify.

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Brian R. Gamache

   47   

President and Chief Executive Officer

Orrin J. Edidin

   45   

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Scott D. Schweinfurth

   52   

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Seamus M. McGill*

   55   

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, International Operations of WMS Gaming Inc.

Patricia C. Barten

   53   

Senior Vice President—Supply Chain and Business Processes of WMS Gaming Inc.

Kathleen J. McJohn

   47   

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

John P. McNicholas, Jr.

   53   

Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer


* Mr. McGill left our employ on August 31, 2006

 

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Brian R. Gamache—The principal occupation and employment experience of Mr. Gamache during the last five years is described under “Proposal 1—Election of Directors” above.

 

Orrin J. Edidin—Mr. Edidin joined us in 1997 and served as our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel until September 2001, when he became our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2003, he resigned as General Counsel and in February 2003, upon the appointment of Kathleen J. McJohn, he resigned as Secretary, continuing to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Edidin is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and the Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

Scott D. Schweinfurth—Mr. Schweinfurth joined us in April 2000, assuming the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 1996 until March 2000, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alliance Gaming Corporation, known as Bally Technologies, Inc., a diversified gaming company. Mr. Schweinfurth also acted as Managing Director of Alliance’s Germany-based Bally Wulff subsidiary from November 1999 to March 2000.

 

Seamus M. McGill—Mr. McGill served in various capacities at our wholly-owned subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc. from 1998 to August 31, 2006, including Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing and Executive Vice President and Managing Director, International Operations.

 

Patricia C. Barten—Ms. Barten joined our subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc., in August 2005 as our Senior Vice President of Manufacturing. She was assigned additional responsibilities in September 2006 to include Supply Chain and Business Process Development. Prior to joining WMS, Ms. Barten held various senior operations leadership roles at Motorola mainly in the telecommunications businesses from 1978-2003. Upon leaving Motorola, as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, Ms. Barten provided consulting services to several mid and large sized manufacturing and distribution firms until joining WMS. Ms. Barten holds a degree in Engineering Operations and is on the Board of Directors of a not-for-profit organization that promotes technology development at the middle school level.

 

Kathleen J. McJohn—joined us in January 2003 as General Counsel and was appointed Vice President and Secretary in February 2003. From 1996 to December 2002, Ms. McJohn was Vice President, Law, at Sears, Roebuck and Co.

 

John P. McNicholas, Jr.—joined us in September 2003, as Executive Director—Finance. He was promoted to Chief Accounting Officer in November 2005 and to Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer in August 2006. He is a certified public accountant and was, from August 2001 to September 2003, an independent accounting consultant. From October 1999 to August 2001 he was Vice President—Finance, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of ForeFront Education, Inc., a private company which acquired and operated for-profit colleges. Mr. McNicholas was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Information Resources, Inc. a NASDAQ market research and software company from June 1995 to May 1999.

 

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This excerpt taken from the WMS DEF 14A filed Oct 27, 2005.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 

The following individuals were elected to serve in the capacities set forth below until the Annual Meeting of our Board of Directors and until their respective successors are elected and shall qualify.

 

Name


   Age

  

Position


Brian R. Gamache

   46   

President and Chief Executive Officer

Orrin J. Edidin

   44   

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Scott D. Schweinfurth

   51   

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Seamus M. McGill

   54   

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, International Operations of WMS Gaming Inc.

Kathleen J. McJohn

   46   

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Robert R. Rogowski

   47   

Vice President of Finance and Controller

 

The principal occupation and employment experience of Mr. Gamache during the last five years is described under “Proposal 1—Election of Directors” above.

 

Orrin J. Edidin joined us in 1997 and served as our Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel until September 2001, when he became our Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer. In January 2003, he resigned as General Counsel and in February 2003, upon the appointment of Kathleen J. McJohn, he resigned as Secretary, continuing to serve as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Edidin also served as Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Midway from 1997 to May 2000. Mr. Edidin is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and the Vice President of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.

 

Scott D. Schweinfurth joined us in April 2000, assuming the offices of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. He is a certified public accountant and was, from 1996 until March 2000, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Alliance Gaming Corporation, a diversified gaming company. Mr. Schweinfurth also acted as Managing Director of Alliance’s Germany-based Bally Wulff subsidiary from November 1999 to March 2000.

 

Seamus M. McGill joined us in 1998 as the Vice President of Worldwide Sales of our wholly-owned subsidiary, WMS Gaming Inc. In September 2001, he became the Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing of WMS Gaming, and on April 15, 2004, he became Executive Vice President and Managing Director, International Operations of WMS Gaming. Prior to joining WMS Gaming, Mr. McGill served as Executive Vice President for Mikohn Gaming Corporation, a diversified gaming company, from 1995 to 1998.

 

Kathleen J. McJohn joined us in January 2003 as General Counsel and was appointed Vice President and Secretary in February 2003. From 1996 to December 2002, Ms. McJohn was Vice President, Law, at Sears, Roebuck and Co.

 

Robert R. Rogowski joined us in 1992 as Director of Internal Audit, becoming Vice President of Finance of WMS Gaming in 1996 and our Vice President of Finance and Controller in April 2000. He is a certified public accountant.

 

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