Gamesman’s parent company, Esterline Corporation, has confirmed that it has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Managing Director Mark Smith, effective Q1 2016. Mark, who co-founded the UK-based gaming equipment, components and systems manufacturer in 1996, will be succeeded by Brett Armitage, VP Finance of Esterline’s Interface Technologies Platform.
In a statement, Dennis Staver at Esterline Corporation said: “Mark informed us of his desire to step down as MD in November and once it became clear that he was committed to his decision, we set about fine-tuning the management structure to ensure that we continue Gamesman’s fantastic success story.
“Mark has put together a great team at Gamesman and our succession strategy is to harness that talent pool. As such, Arturo Catano will take on a new expanded role with responsibility for Global Sales and Martin Rigby will continue looking after the business in the UK. Nick Walter heads the Gamesman office in Las Vegas and we have appointed Michelle Sink to the newly created post of US Account Manager.
“We have enjoyed and valued greatly the time working with Mark, following Esterline Corporation’s acquisition of the business in February 2013 and genuinely wish him the very best in this new stage of his life.”
Reflecting on his decision, Mark Smith said: “We launched Gamesman from a standing start and in 20-years have grown it to where it is today, a $55m turnover business: this is something I am extremely proud of. Gamesman has been a large part of my life and with a family of three young boys, I decided, after a long period of reflection, that it was the right time to recalibrate my work/life balance. In order to be fair to Esterline, I felt this was an outcome which could only be achieved by stepping down from my role.”
“I will be with Gamesman, on the Gamesman stand at ICE, which, fittingly is where the story began. I look forward to introducing Brett and explaining the new ‘business as usual’ structure to Gamesman’s many friends and colleagues from the international industry who will be in London.”