Joe A. Sigrist
IGT Senior Vice President and General Manager of IGT’s DoubleDown Casino
Joe A. Sigrist is Senior Vice President and General Manager of IGT’s DoubleDown Casino. In this role he is responsible for managing all aspects of the Company’s leading B2C social casino business including P&L, operations, engineering, game development and marketing. Sigrist joined IGT in 2012 and has held several senior leadership positions within the Company. Most recently, he was IGT Senior Vice President of Global Product Management and Operations where he lead major, company-wide job functions such as manufacturing, product management, engineering and game design. Sigrist boasts more than 16 years of experience in executive management. Before joining IGT, he served as Vice President and General Manager at Avaya, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Polycom, and President and CEO of Hammerhead Systems, where he also served on the board of directors. Sigrist holds an MBA from the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science also from Santa Clara University.
VP of Games
A 20-year veteran in the industry, Jim is excited to now be driving a cross-platform vision for IGT’s DoubleDown Casino. Previously, he established the Zynga Seattle Game Studio, where he spent two and a half years as General Manager. In 2009, he co-founded Jerry Bruckheimer Games in Santa Monica, CA, where he spent two years as President of Production. During eight years as a Microsoft executive, he oversaw the Xbox 360’s biggest franchises, executive produced Halo 3, and brought the Epic relationship along with Gears of War franchise to the Xbox platform. He also held a VP position at Vivendi, overseeing the Half-Life franchise, including Counter-Strike.
VP of Marketing
John leads our marketing and business development teams and is on a mission to make DoubleDown Casino famous around the globe and the next great consumer brand. He is a consumer marketer with a track record of building brands and businesses from the customer up. From fabric softener to fried chicken to wireless, he has created and developed new brands like Sidekick and T-Mobile, while revitalizing tired but venerable brand names such as KFC. With over 25 years of experience in multiple categories and countries, John has built and led marketing, communication and innovation teams at Pepsico, Colgate-Palmolive, YUM Brands and T-Mobile. Joining Voicestream, a small regional wireless carrier, he led the effort that rebranded and built T-Mobile into a household name and one of the 'Big 4' wireless carriers. John has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Finance from Queen's University.
VP of New Business Initiatives
As Vice President of New Business Initiatives, Robert (Bobby) Amerine is responsible for DoubleDown’s new mobile/social casino products and business development. He is an experienced gaming industry professional with over 10 years of strategic work across a broad range of product verticals and geographies. Prior to joining DoubleDown in 2016, Robert was the Director of Corporate Strategy/M&A for IGT. In this capacity, he played a key leadership role in two of the gaming industry’s most significant M&A transactions, the $500 million purchase of DoubleDown by IGT in 2012 and the $6.4 billion sale of IGT to Gtech in 2015. Upon the sale of IGT to Gtech, Robert led the Integration Management Office which was responsible for ensuring execution of post-merger integration, including the realization of a $230 million cost synergy program. Prior to entering the gaming industry, Robert worked in professional services as an investment banker and management/economic consultant. Robert holds a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA in Finance/Marketing from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President of Engineering
Jason leads our ever growing engineering team here at DoubleDown and is committed to using the latest tools and technology to create the best possible player experience. No stranger to scaling experiences for all to enjoy, Jason arrives at DoubleDown after 15 years at ESPN where he previously led both product and engineering for fantasy sports as well as everyone’s favorite bracket game, ESPN Tournament Challenge. Prior to that, Jason served as an Officer in the Canadian Navy, after graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada.