Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia names two new board members

Women in Gaming & Hospitality Australasia (WGHA) has announced the appointment of Aristocrat’s David Ronson and The Star Entertainment Group’s Alison Smith to the WGHA board.

Christie Roser, Chief People and Culture Officer at Aristocrat has also been promoted to the role of Chair following the retirement from the board of Chad Barton and Jenny Hatton-Mahon.

“I’m thrilled to welcome David and Alison, who are both passionate about empowering women working in, or looking to work in, the gaming industry in Australasia,” said WGHA CEO Helen Galloway.

“David is a passionate, people-focused leader of the Aristocrat team, is based in Sydney, and has a strong focus on building a high-performance culture.

“Alison brings strong stakeholder skills to the board together with an external focus on the importance of corporate responsibility.

“Alison’s appointment also increases our board presence and representation which now runs across Auckland, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.”

Roser, who has been with WGHA as a director since 2017, said the refreshed configuration came at an important time for the organization.

“Our new members bring quite different skills that complement our board and will help us re-energize WGHA into the future,” Roser said.

“I joined WGHA when the organization was first set up, and I’m excited to now be stepping into a slightly different role as we build on the traction we’ve achieved so far.”

Established in 2017, WGHA enables and supports companies to deliver gender equitable outcomes and empowers individuals to reach their full potential within the industry.

The industry-driven, not for profit organization is focused on driving systemic change to ensure a gender inclusive industry.

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