Board of Directors: Biographies
Peter DeRaedt, President
Peter W. DeRaedt has been a tireless champion of the global gaming standards movement since it first began in 1998. He served as GSA’s first Chairman of the Board of Directors from May 1998 until October 2002, when he resigned his board position to become the organization’s President, a position he has held ever since.
Under his leadership at GSA, the organization and the industry have made enormous strides in standards conception, development and implementation. GSA’s award-winning standards have been adopted by operators, regulators and suppliers globally, and the organization’s newest initiative, the Online Gaming Committee, has gained global recognition and is moving the standards process forward in this critical area. Peter actively continues to promote the participation of all stakeholders. He is encouraging global collaboration between the industry and policy domain to solve our unique business challenges and create value for all involved.
Mr. DeRaedt began his career in the gaming industry in 1986 for TCS as Systems Manager / General Manager, running the Systems division for TCS (UK) from Belgium. He joined Aristocrat at its corporate offices in Sydney in 1997. As Aristocrat’s Vice President of Technology, he was responsible for establishing the new R&D center in Tucson Arizona. In 2001, he became Corporate Vice President of Product Development and IP for the MIS Group of Monaco, and now holds the position of GSA President.
Mr. DeRaedt earned a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Antwerp, Belgium, cum laude, as well as a Business Management diploma from South Africa. In addition to his involvement in GSA and the gaming industry at large, he is active on the UNLV School of Informatics Advisory Board and on the Editorial Advisory Board of CEM Magazine.
Adrian Marcu, Chair
Adrian Marcu is VP, Architecture for International Game Technology (IGT). He has more than 20 years experience in gaming and engineering. Since joining IGT, Adrian prior to the current role has led multiple development projects, including progressives and ticketing systems that required him to author or contribute to a variety of communications protocols and system architectures. He was involved with both embedded and systems development efforts in his homeland of Romania, where he earned a master's degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest.
Roman Czubak, Vice Chair
Roman Czubak is currently working as a senior System Analyst at NOVOMATIC Group company Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH. His 25 years' gaming experience includes work for major operating companies, such as Casinos Austria International and Carnival Corporation, and later AGI, where he has worked in operations, technical support, sales (including system sales) and now R&D. His current responsibilities lie in product ownership, development and deployment. Roman is originally from Poland, he holds an MBA degree from the Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Byron Bridger, Treasurer
Managing a network of over 7,000 VLTs generating more than $400M in revenue annually across four provinces is Byron Bridger’s responsibility as Atlantic Lottery's Director of Marketing for Destination Gaming.
Armed with Business degree in Marketing from Memorial University, Byron began his career with Atlantic Lottery as a research analyst moving on to become a brand analyst for the online category, then brand manager for video lottery, ultimately moving into management roles in gaming development and operations. A significant portion of his career has been spent working on strategic gaming initiatives for key Government stakeholders developing, implementing and ultimately operating gaming properties and networks throughout Atlantic Canada.
Most recently, Byron expanded his gaming operations expertise with greater involvement in the technical delivery of content for players overseeing the replacement of Atlantic Lottery's video lottery central system and the entire network of machines. With the technology shift now complete for Video Lottery, Byron's focus has now shifted to supporting Atlantic Lottery's technical revitalization on the Lottery and iLottery business leading a major system replacement project for this area of the company.
Byron has maintained a strong focus throughout his career on establishing mutually positive relationships with key vendors and stakeholders to ensure Atlantic Lottery is able to provide great player focused experiences into their market. Byron sits on the Game Standards Association Board and is an executive committee member of this organization.
Mike joined Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries in 2015 as Vice President of Information Technology Services. Mike has over 34 years of progressive senior management experience in the IT Industry, with a focus on systems renewal and integration, application development, business process re-engineering, organizational design, and change and project management.
Prior to joining Liquor & Lotteries, Mike held senior IT positions at the University of Manitoba, Bird Construction Ltd., Warehouse One, and the University of Winnipeg.
Mike has completed the Management Studies Program at the University of Winnipeg and the Data Processing Management Program at the University of Manitoba. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Justice & Law Enforcement and Applied Business Computing, and also a Programming and Business Systems degree from Herzing Institute.
Mike is presently a Board member with the Information Technology & Communications Association of Manitoba (ICTAM).
In 1987, Chris graduated from the University of Natal with bachelor’s degrees in commerce and chemistry. After working for a major chemical manufacturer and distributor in South Africa, he entered the volatile world of corporate and merchant banking, excelling in managerial roles both at home and away before joining Microgaming as an Account Manager in 2005.
Director of Corporate Affairs at Microgaming since 2016, Chris ensures Microgaming’s compliance with applicable jurisdictional laws, establishes and enforces probity policies, and represents the company’s interests on the boards of various industry bodies, including the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), Manx eGaming Association (MeGA), and now the GSA.
Chris also executes Microgaming’s company secretarial function with considerable aplomb.
Syed has extensive experience in the Gaming Industry from Technology, Regulatory and Operations aspects of the Industry as well as served on Advisory Boards. He has been recognized for success in leadership, solving problems, eliminating obstacles, making strategic decisions, and mapping technology direction. He also has an MBA from the prestigious UCLA Anderson School of Management and bachelors in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
Francesco, born in Rome, Italy, is Playtech's Chief Policy Officer. He engages with policy-makers and advises company executives on governmental policies at local, state, national and EU levels as well as provide Playtech with further business opportunities.
From 2007 to 2016 he was the Italian regulator for online gambling. In his role, he accomplished the reform of the Italian regulatory framework and the introduction of the full range of online products. During his tenure, the legal gross gambling revenue in Italy grew to over €800m from scratch, making it Europe’s second largest regulated market. He was also a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Gambling Services.
Francesco has more than 18 years' experience in e-business related jobs. He began his career in IT, then worked in a variety of roles for private companies, with a growing focus on B2B marketing.