August 5, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — Clarion Gaming's branch in the United States has announced major management changes that include the departure of longtime online gambling industry leader, Sue Schneider, who is stepping down from her position as CEO.
 
Schneider's two-year commitment to remain full-time in her top management position following the July 2006 sale of River City Group to Clarion Events ended this month, although she will continue to advise Clarion as required.
 
Peter Rusbridge, CEO of Clarion Gaming, noted that a number of new enhanced services will be taking place in the St. Louis, Missouri office. "We've got over 60 years of i-gaming industry experience among those staff which is amazing for such a nascent industry," he said. "So we're keen to leverage both the knowledge and relationships that they have to continue to grow Clarion Gaming."
 
Other management changes include the promotion to Head of Digital Publications of Mark Balestra, who will be adding additional features to current publications like IGamingNews.com, Internet Gambling Report, and research reports as well as developing additional titles for the gaming industry.  
 
Chris Krafcik has taken on a new role as Editor of IGamingNews.com; Holly Rauch has joined the sales team for the digital publications division; and Jeanette Kozlowski is now joining Emily Swoboda as a staff writer.  
 
Dawn Kirkwood has taken over as Head of Conferences for the American operations and will be overseeing the production of such conferences as World Poker Congress, Next Generation in Gambling and the InDepth series, as well as initiating new regional events for North and South America. She's now joined by Marketing Coordinator Karen Thomson and Operations Coordinator Dan Fitzgerald in new positions.
 
Nancy Krause has been appointed Head of Sales and will continue to run the service to exhibitors and sponsors for Clarion Gaming events. She's now joined by Tony Boschert who brings years of event experience to the company.
 
Rusbridge added, "This is an exciting time for Clarion Gaming as we create solid service operations in London, the Americas and Asia. Unlike other event or publication companies which cover a lot of industries, Clarion Gaming is of and for the gaming industry alone. We've been serving that industry in one form or another since 1990 and will continue to listen and respond to what the international gaming industry tells us."