Konami have been making a slew of changes to their business over the past few months. First, they brought Sathish Anantharaman on board as their new head of software development in April. Now, they’ve decided to bring a new VP to the group, as John Garner joins the firm as Vice President of Finance and Accounting.
In a written statement, Konami revealed that Garner will be in charge of fiscal strategy, planning and processes. This is expected to create short-term gains for the company as well as helping them reach long-term targets.
These new hires signify Konami’s dedication towards meeting their long-term objectives. Anantharaman, for example, was hired because of his outstanding work across a number of products including table games, automation, central monitoring and mobile development.
He’s viewed as one of the most experienced persons in his field and his hire was a huge step for Konami.
“Sathish Anantharaman has long demonstrated an ability to drive meaningful value for operators and guests through innovative use of technology, creative application development and proven results,” Konami said when first hiring their new vice president.
Garner Looked a Necessary Hire
Garner is also highly experienced within relevant fields. He’s worked in the iGaming industry for over 30 years and has worked extensively in overseeing financial strategies for companies around the world.
Konami wrote, in a statement: “His demonstrated abilities are well-aligned with our strategic vision and growth opportunities.”
Konami continue to excel in the iGaming industry, and they reported a 5.2% increase in net revenue in the first quater of 2019. This is – largely – thanks to their slot machines, which they’ve recently started pushing out to a larger number of online operators.
These new and updated games have helped the company increase revenue from $284.3 million in 2018’s first quater to $331.6 million in the first three months of 2019.
Clearly, Konami are heading in the right direction, and these new hires appear to be working well for them.