Spectrum Gaming Group, a New Jersey-based independent research and professional services firm, has appointed Julian Graves as Non-Executive Chairman, a newly created position within the company. The move by Spectrum is a strategic one, intended to help guide the company through a period when the global gaming industry is experiencing significant change.

The appointment to the newly created position at Spectrum comes as it expands its global footprint and into emerging sectors including sports betting, Internet gaming and the convergence of casinos and lotteries. Graves, who is based in London, will support the effort by the company’s management team to deliver and further that expansion and at the same time ensure that Spectrum maintains its worldwide leadership position in core services including anti-money laundering controls, regulatory consulting, feasibility studies and economic-impact studies.

Graves comes to Spectrum from London-based Clarion Events Ltd where he was Managing Director of the gaming and consumer divisions. He also serves as Non-Executive Chair of Clarion Gaming. His decades of experience are in various industries and he has acquired, sold and restructured assets and been the driving force in the growth and expansion of businesses.

Commenting on the appointment, Graves said, “Spectrum boasts the most coveted brand among gaming consultancies, and is known for being both visionary and practical in its advice.” He added, “It’s no surprise that they have and continue to be heavily involved in some of the most transformational developments in gaming. I look forward to helping build upon those assets,” according to the press release.

Managing Director for Spectrum, Michael Pollock, said, “Julian shares our core values, and our focus on integrity and independence.” And, “He also shares our entrepreneurial spirit and supports our goal of guiding regulators, legislators, operators and suppliers through these tumultuous times.”

Spectrum has performed consulting and advisory work to regulators, gaming operators and legislatures in 36 states and 47 countries on six continents. It serves as the Executive Director for the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS). Its sister companies include Spectrum Asia, based in Tokyo and Bangkok; and New York-based Spectrum Gaming Capital.