Australia’s Gaming Technologies Association (GTA), organizer of the Australasian Gaming Expo, has announced the appointment of Jinesh Patel as its new CEO following the departure of Chris Muir late last year.
Patel, a former NSW government advisor, assumes the role as of 10 January 2022 following an extensive search and selection process, according to the GTA.
“Jinesh is an outstanding choice, bringing a wealth of experience from both a regulatory and public affairs background,” said GTA Chairman Adrian Halpenny.
“The GTA Board looks forward to working with Jinesh to represent the interests of members with all of our industry stakeholders.”
Patel’s most recent role was as a public affairs practitioner for GRACosway, a strategic communication and public affairs consulting firm. This role saw him consulting to clients in the gaming and hospitality industry, including the GTA. He previously served in ministerial advisory roles to former NSW Government ministers George Souris and Gladys Berejiklian.
“GTA is an organization that I know well, having been fortunate to work with my predecessors Ross [Ferrar] and Chris [Muir] in differing capacities in my career to date,” Patel said.
“In my time in the private sector I’ve also consulted with some of GTA’s members, so this role was an opportunity that I was eager to pursue.”
“The GTA Board looks forward to working with Jinesh to represent the interests of members with all of our industry stakeholders,” said Halpenny.
The Australasian Gaming Expo has been postponed for the past two years due to COVID-19 but is scheduled to return from 9 to 11 August 2022 at ICC Sydney.