David Baazov is Cantech Letter’s 2012 TSXV Tech Executive of the Year.
Baazov has racked up the frequent flyer miles. The Amaya Gaming CEO has made some long hauls putting Amaya on the map, but in 2012, his efforts began to paying off in big way. Baazov’s treks have found him in Kenya, where the company secured a secured a license from the Betting Control and Licensing Board, to the UK, where the company added to its acquisition spree with the pickup of the Ongame poker network. Then, Baazov made a real splash with the $177-million pickup of Cadillac Jack, which has machine placements in more than 200 venues in the United States and Mexico. Analyst Ralph Garcea says the Amaya Gaming CEO has become “one of the leading visionaries in the online gaming market.”