As Chief Executive Officer, International of IGT PLC, Walter Bugno is responsible for the management and strategic development of the International region. He works 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 leads 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 oversees 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.