Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Pascal serves as a Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of PLAYSTUDIOS, which he co-founded in 2011. Prior to co-founding PLAYSTUDIOS, Mr. Pascal served as Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Development at Wynn Las Vegas, a luxury casino resort property owned by Wynn Resorts, Ltd., beginning in 2003 during the project’s development phase, before ascending to the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2005. Throughout Mr. Pascal’s tenure, Wynn Las Vegas garnered multiple awards from the world’s leading hospitality guides. In 2008, Mr. Pascal led the development and launch of Wynn Las Vegas’ sister property, Encore Las Vegas. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Pascal served as President and Chief Executive Officer of WagerWorks, Inc., a company he founded as a casino solutions and content supplier for many of the world’s largest gaming and media brands. Following Mr. Pascal’s departure, WagerWorks was acquired by International Game Technology. Mr. Pascal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
Paul Mathews is a Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of PLAYSTUDIOS, and is responsible for PLAYSTUDIOS’ government affairs, compliance, platform and business relations efforts. Mr. Mathews is a founder of the International Social Games Association and has served as its Chairman since its inception. Prior to co-founding PLAYSTUDIOS in 2011, Mr. Mathews served as an internet gaming consultant for Fertitta Interactive/Ultimate Fighting Championship and Wynn Las Vegas. Mr. Mathews was also a long-serving member of Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee. Appointed to the role by then-Governor Brian Sandoval in 2011, Mr. Mathews advised the governor’s office on gaming policy and the evolution of the industry in Nevada and beyond. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Mr. Mathews holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Scott Peterson has served as the Chief Financial Officer of PLAYSTUDIOS since June 2017. Mr. Peterson is a seasoned finance executive with expertise in accounting, financial management, and compliance, and brings more than 20 years of senior level financial leadership of public and private companies. In 2005, he was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Wynn Macau, and returned to Las Vegas as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Wynn Las Vegas in 2009. Mr. Peterson’s responsibilities encompassed all aspects of finance, accounting and both casino and hotel finance operations. He was also the principal finance and accounting officer responsible for casino and hotel compliance with Wynn’s internal controls, as well as state and federal requirements under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Vice President, Legal Counsel
Joel Agena serves as VP Legal Counsel of PLAYSTUDIOS and is responsible for overseeing all of PLAYSTUDIOS’ legal affairs, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance and general business, and content licensing. Mr. Agena has more than 23 years of experience as a practicing attorney. He joined PLAYSTUDIOS in January 2019, after serving as PLAYSTUDIOS’ outside counsel since its inception in 2011. In 2001 he founded The Phoenix Law Group where his practice was focused on acting as outside general counsel for emerging growth companies. Mr. Agena received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska, College of Law in 1997 where he was a Member of the Law Review, Order of the Coif, and an Arthur E. Perry Scholar.
Co-Founder & Head of Product
Katie Bolich is a Co-Founder and Head of Product for PLAYSTUDIOS. Ms. Bolich leads PLAYSTUDIOS’ corporate product initiatives and team of game designers. A veteran gaming executive with more than 25 years of experience, Ms. Bolich has a passion for developing teams and partnerships that transform the industry. Prior to co-founding PLAYSTUDIOS in 2011, she served as Vice President of Licensing for online gaming company WagerWorks and successfully led the organization through its startup to its acquisition by International Game Technology in 2005. She remained with IGT for four years following the acquisition. Ms. Bolich is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She has also served as a board member and Vice President of the Davis Art Center.
Chief Executive Officer, PLAYSTUDIOS Israel
Yonatan Maor serves as Chief Executive Officer of PLAYSTUDIOS Israel, the Tel Aviv-based office of PLAYSTUDIOS, the award-winning developer of casual games for mobile and social platforms. In this role, Mr. Maor oversees the development and growth of PLAYSTUDIOS’ POP! Slots game that allows players to meet and collaborate in groups, share jackpots, and interact with friends as they explore versions of iconic Las Vegas resorts. During Mr. Moar’s tenure, POP! Slots has held top-ranked positions in the iTunes and Google Play app stores and been honored with the “Best New Game” award at the EGR Awards 2017.
Mr. Maor is the former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SHAKER, a Tel Aviv-based startup that was acquired by PLAYSTUDIOS in 2016 during the development of POP! Slots. Under Mr. Maor’s leadership, SHAKER launched a social networking and virtual entertainment destination that raised $22 million from leading venture capitalists during its nearly seven-year run. SHAKER’s innovations led to the company winning the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco startup contest.
Prior to co-founding SHAKER, Mr. Maor served as a Software Architect for Yoomba, and he was a writer for Israel’s national daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. Mr. Maor also served for four years as a Systems Analyst in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Mr. Maor holds a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University.
Head of playAWARDS
Rob Oseland serves as Head of playAWARDS, an innovative marketing platform that connects the world’s top travel, entertainment, and leisure brands with today’s highly-engaged mobile and social gaming audience. Created by award-winning game developer PLAYSTUDIOS, the playAWARDS platform provides brand partners with a powerful suite of management and analytics that offer deep insights into audience engagement and program performance. As the leading executive overseeing the playAWARDS brand, Mr. Oseland is responsible for maintaining partnerships that are key to PLAYSTUDIOS’ success, as well as the playAWARDS platform and suite of analytics tools, which provide unprecedented insight into player engagement.
Prior to joining the playAWARDS team in 2019, Mr. Oseland served as Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming, a role in which he applied more than two decades of experience to the company’s portfolio of owned and operated North American hospitality and gaming properties. Recognized as one of the most experienced operators in his industry, Mr. Oseland has held critical leadership roles in the opening and operations of several of Las Vegas most notable properties, including The Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas, and Wynn Encore
Mr. Oseland previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Alon Las Vegas, working to develop an integrated gaming resort on the famed Las Vegas Strip. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SLS Las Vegas during its transition from the Sahara Hotel and Casino.
Much of Mr. Oseland’s expertise was honed at Wynn Resorts, Ltd., where he held a number of positions vital to the launch of the company’s hospitality and gaming brand. In 2001, he joined the nascent Wynn Resorts as Chief Operating Officer, focusing on market analysis, concept development, and building the company’s senior team.
When Wynn Las Vegas opened in 2005, Mr. Oseland was named Executive Vice President of Casino Operations & Marketing, thus taking leadership of the property’s highly successful casino division and its team of more than 2,000 employees. Subsequently, Mr. Oseland served as Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the design, development, and execution of Encore, which comprised some 4 million square feet of hotel, casino, restaurant, nightclub, and retail space.
Mr. Oseland holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chief Product Officer, PLAYSTUDIOS Israel
Yossi Sadoun serves as Chief Product Officer of PLAYSTUDIOS Israel, the Tel Aviv-based office of PLAYSTUDIOS, the award-winning developer of casual games for mobile and social platforms. In this role, Mr. Sadoun oversees the development of PLAYSTUDIOS’ POP! Slots game and its content offerings, which allows players to compete in live tournaments, meet and collaborate in groups, share jackpots, and interact with friends as they explore versions of iconic Las Vegas resorts. During Mr. Sadoun’s tenure, POP! Slots has been honored with the “Best New Game” award at the EGR Awards 2017.
Mr. Sadoun is the former Co-Founder and Vice President of Product of SHAKER, a Tel Aviv-based startup that was acquired by PLAYSTUDIOS in 2016 during the development of POP! Slots. SHAKER was a social networking and virtual entertainment destination that raised $22 million from leading venture capitalists during its nearly seven-year run. SHAKER’s innovations led to the company winning the 2011 TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco startup contest.
Mr. Sadoun served for five years as a System Analyst and Product Manager in the Israeli Defense Forces. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in mathematics, economics, and computer science from The Hebrew University.
Chief Operating Officer
John Lin serves as Chief Operating Officer for PLAYSTUDIOS, a developer of award-winning casual games for mobile and social platforms. Since joining the organization in 2014, Mr. Lin has led PLAYSTUDIOS’ development and expansion into Asia markets and oversees the company’s Hong Kong offices. A veteran of the hospitality and gaming industries, Mr. Lin has engaged in the development and marketing of integrated resorts in Asia, Europe, and the United States since 2002; and has co-founded and led ventures focused on China’s outbound travel sector and VIP casino marketing in Asia.
Mr. Lin joined PLAYSTUDIOS following a strategy and business development role with global digital media brand Remark Media, and a two-year tenure as Chief Operating Officer of Viva Tours. He also served as Managing Director of SilkStar Global Marketing.
Mr. Lin achieved great success as Vice President Development for Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corporation, a role in which was responsible for the pursuit of development and acquisition opportunities of regional casino assets for the company, including the company’s acquisition of IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi, Mississippi. Additionally, he played a primary role in the company’s strategic business development and lobbying effort in internet gaming, ultimately leading to the U.S. joint venture with PartyGaming. Mr. Lin was also responsible for strategic partnerships, design and development, and business planning for Echelon, a proposed $4.8 billion, 87-acre Las Vegas Strip development.
Prior to his tenure with Boyd Gaming Corporation, Mr. Lin served as Executive Director International Development for Las Vegas Sands, where he engaged in international development initiatives for the company, including the master planning of the 500-acre Cotai Strip featuring the $2.1 billion Venetian Macau, development of the original proposal to the Singapore government for the $5.0 billion Marina Bay Sands development, as well as evaluating integrated resort opportunities in the United Kingdom and United States.
Mr. Lin holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and graduated with highest honors from University of California Berkeley, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.