The casino game design business known as Novomatic is responsible for producing the slot games known as Novomatic slots. This company had its start as a manufacturer of land-based slot machines; however, they are now a full-service gaming supplier that operates across various platforms, publishing games for land-based, internet, and mobile gaming environments. Novomatic is a multinational gaming company with headquarters in Austria. The company employs 20,000 people and distributes games in 70 countries throughout all of the world’s gambling markets. Although they manufacture online and mobile versions of table classics, bingo, and other conventional gambling games, their primary concentration is on slot machines, both in physical and virtual form, including land-based and online versions.
Management of Novomatic Inc.
CEO and President Harald Neumann
Twenty years have passed during which time Harald Neumann has held a variety of executive positions at a wide range of technology companies. In 2011, he started his career at Novomatic as the company’s Managing Director, and in October of 2014, he was promoted to the position of CEO. Prior to joining the Novomatic team, Mr. Neumann worked as the Managing Director of the Austrian Federal Computing Center, was the Managing Director of G4S Security Services, and had low-level management responsibilities with both T-Systems and Alcatel. He is now the Managing Director of Novomatic. He attended Vienna University and received his degree in economics there. He takes his position on the Advisory Board at Webster Vienna Private University very seriously and does it with pride.
CEO and President, Ryszard Presch
Since 2013, Mr. Presch has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at Novomatic. In both of these capacities, he is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations. In addition to his responsibilities at Novomatic, Mr. Presch also serves as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Austrian Gaming Industries and as Managing Director of Austrian Gaming Industries.
CTO, Mr. Thomas Graf
Mr. Graf is the founder of Novomatic’s family business and is named after his father, Johann Graf. It was in September of 2011 that he started working for Greentube with Novomatic.
In addition to his role as CEO of Greentube, he has over 20 years of experience working in the game business across a variety of disciplines, including Research & Development, Marketing, Intellectual Property, and Operations Management.
CFO, Mr. Peter Stein
Mr. Stein began his lengthy career at Novomatic in 1994, when he was hired on as an executive after working his way up through the Corporate Finance department. In 2006, he was extended an invitation to become a member of the Board, and he has served on that body continuously since that year. He attended the Vienna University to study business and economics and graduated with a degree in the subject.
The Origins of Novomatic
The history of Novomatic may be summed up in one man’s name: Johann Graf. Mr. Graf’s start in life was not a particularly auspicious one since he was brought up by his grandparents in a rural area of Austria. Before choosing to go into business for himself in the middle of the 1970s, he spent close to thirty years working in the butcher shop that belonged to his family. His firm, Brodnik & Graf, started importing pinball machines from the neighboring country of Belgium and reselling them to bars and stores all around Austria with the help of a modest loan from a close friend.
By 1980, Graf and his business partner got the notion to develop their own games, bypassing the Belgian company that served as the middle man in the transaction. Their new company, which they named Novomatic, quickly shifted its focus to the production of AWP (amusement with prize) games, which had just become legal. The first of these games was the Admiral gaming machine, which would soon become a household brand. Novomatic quickly found themselves in a position to capitalize on new opportunities as the success of these games coincided with the introduction of new regulatory standards throughout Europe. They started making video games for the markets in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.