NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS) announces changes to its Executive Management Team

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NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions (NLS), a modern full service lottery supplier, announces changes to its Executive Management Team. For personal reasons, Frank Cecchini is stepping down from the role of Chief Executive Officer of NLS. Frank Cecchini will facilitate the transition in the upcoming months.

Jakob Rothwangl, who currently is the company‘s Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, and has been working for the NOVOMATIC Group for 10 years, has taken over the role of NLS‘ Chief Executive Officer in addition to his other duties.

„We would like to thank Frank for his dedication towards NLS. His passion for the industry, coupled with the innovative spirit of our teams, built a strong brand that is transforming the lottery industry.” said Jakob Rothwangl.

The NLS’ Executive Management Team now comprises of Jakob Rothwangl as the CEO and CFO, NLS’ Chief Technology Officer Manuel Bauer and Thomas Schmalzer, who was recently appointed as the Chief Operating Officer and second Managing Director of NLS.

Thomas has been working for the NOVOMATIC Group for around 2 years and brings over 12 years of experience in international management and business development.

„NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions remains fully committed to providing innovative products, engaging games and state-of-the-art technology to the lottery market. While NLS continues to be a stable partner to its customers and suppliers worldwide, it looks to the future and how lotteries can be freed from the constraints of legacy technology.” said Thomas Schmalzer.

Together the new Executive Management Team will oversee the execution of NLS’ mission to transform and disrupt the lottery industry.


NLS is a full solution alternative vendor for international lottery markets. NLS delivers games and services using state-of-the-art technology that allows for easy integration with any 3rd party systems and games. The NLS system supports all sales channels simultaneously, creating a truly Omni-channel offering while at the same time increasing lottery revenues and returns to good causes. With ISO 27001 certification, WLA Security Control Standard Certification and numerous lottery audits, NLS solutions guarantee the highest levels of security and reliability. NLS is part of the NOVOMATIC Group with around 29,500 employees and activities in more than 75 countries. NLS was established in 2014 after the acquisition of Icelandic lottery provider Betware and quickly became a major player in the international lottery business.

Bernhard Krumpel
Head of Group Communications
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