He was born in Ostend, Belgium, where he lived until the age of 15 when his family moved to South Africa. After studying earth sciences at the University of Witwatersrand, he was bitten by the Casino bug and started his gaming career at Sun City, in South Africa.  
 
Having held several management positions with Sun International, he moved to Greece in 1995 to join Casino Magic, a US based operator, to open the first privately owned casino resort in Greece. Here he became Operations Manager, responsible for both the Hotel and Casino side of the business.
 
In 1997 he joined IGT's European subsidiary as Regional Sales Manager, and was promoted to Managing Director of IGT-Europe in July of 2000. In his present role he is responsible for IGT's Casino and Linked Gaming business in over 40 jurisdictions including Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.