Jason Walbridge Announced as New SkyCity Group CEO

Jason Walbridge has been announced as the new chief executive of SkyCity Entertainment Group and is set to assume his new role in July subject to regulatory approval in New Zealand.

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Walbridge has spent two decades working in the gambling industry, most recently as a strategic advisor at Bridge Gaming. At present, he is also the executive chairman of the National Entertainment Network in the US.

In the past, Walbridge has held the position of chief operating officer of the SG Digital division of Scientific Games and he held the same position at NYX Gaming Group prior to its acquisition by Light & Wonder in 2018.

However, the majority of his career, more than 18 years, has been spent with Aristocrat Leisure. He held several roles in the company including chief supply officer and managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Walbridge is replacing Michael Ahearne, who left SkyCity last month. The COO of SkyCity New Zealand, Callum Mallet will serve as interim CEO until Walbridge joins in July.

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Walbridge Excited to Join SkyCity

Speaking about his appointment, Walbridge said that it will be a “privilege to lead SkyCity” and added that he is “excited to be joining the business at this time as SkyCity looks to pursue the many opportunities ahead of it.”

SkyCity chair Julian Cook said that he is “delighted” with the appointment.

We are looking forward to the valuable contribution Jason will make to the business. Jason has extensive global experience in the land-based and online gaming industries, which will position him well to lead SkyCity through its next phases.

Julian CookSkyCity Chair

Further Changes at SkyCity

There have been a number of changes to the senior team at SkyCity. Last month, it was confirmed that Julie Amey resigned from her role as chief financial officer and will officially step down on 25 September.

Furthermore, last week, SkyCity confirmed that Andrew McPherson, who has been working as chief information officer on an interim basis since November, has now been appointed on a full-time basis.


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