As part of an internal change-up, Skyrocket Entertainment has appointed Hans Winkelmann to chief executive officer of The Games Company, hoping it would represent a new chapter in the company’s trajectory.
Winkelmann initially joined the company in 2019 after the purchase of the independent casino games studio, winning promotion from the position of CPO, and will report directly to Skyrocket CEO Sean O’Kelly in the post.
Said Winkelmann: “I’m very excited to be joining Sean and the team at Skyrocket. This gives us the chance to bring some great brands and talent into the gaming market. We have some super opportunities lined up and look forward to distributing these with new and existing partners.”
Deepak Sikka has also entered Skyrocket as CFO and will oversee the financial management, corporate governance, internal controls and acquisitions of the company by consolidating the new team.
Over the last 20 years, Sikka has held a range of senior finance positions, including becoming Molinare’s CFO and commercial director, and then FTSE 250 media company HIT Entertainment PLC ‘s financial controller and finance director, home to brands such as Bob The Builder, Guinness World Records, Thomas The Tank Engine and Barney. Sikka from Bella Sovmiz takes over.
O’Kelly added: “Hans is an enormously valuable and highly respected member of the team here at Skyrocket and we’re proud to see him take the reins again at TGC. We’re also excited to welcome Deepak and Mark to the team.
“Skyrocket is at a pivotal point in its growth and, with the combined expertise and creative vision of our new team, we are primed to take Skyrocket to the next level.”
This new chapter also sees Richard Clarke and Graham Martin’s exit, with the company lauding the pair as being “instrumental in Skyrocket’s crucial foundation laying phase, successfully integrating The Games Company into Skyrocket and helping to secure several key platform deals.”