Everi Holdings Inc. announced that E. Miles Kilburn, chairman of the board of directors of Everi, has informed the company he will retire from the board and will not stand for reelection at the company’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be held on May 19.
The board has appointed Everi CEO Michael D. Rumbolz to become chairman upon Kilburn’s retirement. The board also named Ronald V. Congemi, a member of the board for the last eight years, as lead independent director, effective immediately.
The board intends to review the opportunity to fill the open director position created by Kilburn’s retirement through the addition of a new director that would continue to advance the gender, cultural and professional diversity of its current composition and that would bring additional gaming, financial technology, digital and leadership experience to the board.
Kilburn has served as a member of the board since March 2005 and has been chairman since 2008. During his time on the board, the company has grown, evolved, and established itself as a leading provider of casino gaming content and products, financial technology solutions and player loyalty services to the gaming industry through both organic growth and 11 acquisitions.
Kilburn helped guide Everi’s path to become a leading provider of such solutions to the gaming industry and in leveraging its capabilities to build a comprehensive portfolio of financial technology products and services. In 2014, the company completed the acquisition of Multimedia Games, Inc., which at the time was a niche supplier of primarily Class II casino gaming equipment and is now one of the fastest-growing providers of slot entertainment for the gaming industry with a multi-year track record of revenue growth and increased operating results.
“Having served with distinction on the board for 15 years including as chairman since 2008, Miles has led our board’s efforts to develop and adapt corporate governance practices that promote long-term value creation, transparency to stakeholders and accountability to our stockholders,” said Congemi.
“Since the company’s IPO in 2005, Miles’ wisdom, experience and guidance has helped Everi develop and evolve into one of the most exciting growth companies in the gaming industry. On behalf of the board and the entire organization, I want to thank Miles for his longtime service to the company and wish him continued success in the future.”
Kilburn said, “I have enjoyed my long association with Everi, and take great satisfaction in the company’s evolution into a leading supplier of gaming and financial service solutions to the gaming industry. Everi has strong business momentum, and its financial recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is well under way with significant opportunities for growth ahead of it.
“With Mike as chairman and an exceptional leadership team in place who continue to develop and execute on Everi’s growth initiatives, the company will continue to benefit from a strong foundation. With my business interests expanding and taking more of my time, and continuity of the company’s stewardship in place, it’s a fitting time to retire and provide an opportunity for someone to bring new insights to the board.”
Upon Kilburn’s retirement in May, Rumbolz will jointly serve as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Rumbolz has served as Everi’s CEO since April 1, 2020, having previously served as president and CEO from May 2016 through March 2020. Previously, he served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Cash Systems, Inc., a provider of cash access services to the gaming industry, acquired by Everi in 2008.
Rumbolz has provided consulting services and held various public and private sector employment positions in the gaming industry, including serving as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board from 1985 to 1988. He previously served as the vice chairman of Casino Data Systems, president and CEO of Anchor Gaming, director of development for Circus Circus Enterprises (acquired by Mandalay Bay Group), and president of Casino Windsor at the time of its construction and opening in Windsor, Ontario. He also was chief deputy attorney general of the state of Nevada.
Rumbolz currently serves as a director of Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, LLC and as a director of VICI Properties Inc.
“Since first joining the Everi board in 2010, I’ve had a deep and ongoing commitment to the success of Everi,” said Rumbolz. “Over the last several years, we’ve established a deep bench of experienced and talented leadership and an employee workforce that is second to none, in my opinion.
“I am most proud of how we have focused on building a company culture that strives to be more diverse and collaborative, which is yielding more new and enhanced products than ever before and has laid a strong foundation for continued growth.”
Congemi has served as a member of the board since February 2013. He is an active member of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s Payments Advisor Council and has served as a member of the board of Clearent LLC, a merchant processing company and as a consultant to the Acxsys Corp. of Canada, the operating arm of the Interac debit network of Canada. He also served four years as chief executive officer of First Data’s Debit Services Group, with responsibility for all debit and Star-branded network services.