LAS VEGAS - The American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions announced today that Jim Ryan, co-chief executive officer (CEO) of digital entertainment plc, will serve as the exclusive conference keynote speaker at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2012. Ryan is highly regarded for his knowledge of the Internet gambling industry and his leadership of digital entertainment, the world's largest listed Internet gambling business. The premier trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment industry, G2E 2012 will be held October 1 - 4, 2012, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Ryan's conference keynote address will be held on Wed., Oct. 3, from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and will be open to G2E 2012 conference delegates only. He plans to address the growth in the global Internet gambling phenomenon and its future potential. Ryan joins a prestigious list of past G2E conference keynote speakers, including Gary Loveman, president, CEO and chairman of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and James J. Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

"We are honored that Jim Ryan will be serving as the conference keynote speaker at G2E 2012," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA. "As efforts to legalize and regulate Internet gambling in the United States advance and the global market continues to grow, Jim is the ideal person to provide a comprehensive overview of this developing sector of the industry. His expertise, experience and success in Internet gambling are matched by few others, and G2E 2012 conference attendees are sure to benefit from his invaluable insights on how to succeed in this sector."

Prior to the 2011 merger of bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and PartyGaming Plc, Ryan served as the CEO of PartyGaming. Before this, he served as the CEO of St. Minver Limited where he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of the company's strategy to deliver high levels of customer service and industry-leading products to its partners. He also has held senior posts at three publicly-listed companies, including president and CEO of Excapsa Software Inc, chief financial officer (CFO) of CryptoLogic Inc. and CFO of SXC Health Solutions Corp.

Ryan earned a business degree with first-class honors at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He also obtained professional qualifications as a chartered accountant from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

G2E is attended by nearly 26,000 industry professionals from around the world. For more information on G2E 2012, visit and connect with G2E on Twitter (@g2evegas), Facebook ( and LinkedIn (

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the international gaming trade show and conference "by the industry and for the industry." Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in fall 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.

The AGA represents the commercial casino industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern. Follow the AGA on Twitter (@AGAupdate) and Facebook (

Reed Exhibitions is the world's leader in organizing a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. In 2006 Reed brought together more than 6 million industry professions from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 34 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 37 fully staffed offices. Reed's portfolio of more than 460 events services 52 key industry sectors.