he list honours "the most talented, innovative and inspired people working in online gambling" and was this year compiled by a judging panel that comprised Warwick Bartlett of Global Betting & Gaming Consultants; Andrew Bulloss, head of betting and gaming practice at Odgers Berndtson; Mark Davies, chief executive at Camberton reputation management; Morgan Stanley executive director Vaughan Lewis; EGBA general secretary Sigrid Ligné; Gaming Intelligence managing editor Bobby Mamudi and financial analyst Dawid Myslinski.
Mamudi said the objective of the Hot 50 list was to recognise the achievements of industry executives who are shaping the future from a wide range of international CEOs, regulators, technology wizards, lawyers and marketers.
The list includes industry legends such as Denise and John Coates of Bet365 and Isai Scheinberg of PokerStars, and the legal and regulatory section names: Juan Carlos Alfonso, deputy director general, National Gaming Commission Spain; Martin Cruddace, chief legal and regulatory officer, Betfair; Clive Hawkswood, CEO of the Remote Gambling Association; Jeff Ifrah, a US lawyer who has been deeply involved in the Full Tilt Poker issues in America; Francesco Rodano head of remote gaming at Italian regulator AAMS; Birgitte Sand, director of the new Danish Gambling Authority; Paul Telford, general counsel for PokerStars, and Jenny Williams, chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission.
As CEO of eCOGRA since 2003, Andrew Beveridge has had a considerable influence on responsible gaming. But it is his handling of the process that developed the CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) Agreement for Responsible Remote Gambling that wins him a place in the Hot 50. The process began facing pretty fierce opposition but in his role as chairman, Beveridge assuaged doubts and balanced hundreds of different viewpoints to produce an agreement that has been widely accepted by the industry. It is now being used as a template for good practice to win over sceptical and protectionist governments.