GLI’s Sierra-Hughes Named to iGaming Business Magazine’s Most Influential Women 2019 List

LAKEWOOD, N.J (November 21, 2019) – Karen Sierra-Hughes, Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development at Gaming Laboratories International’s (GLI®), has been named to the Most Influential Women 2019 List by iGaming Business Magazine.

Sierra-Hughes was selected for this prestigious award by iGaming industry experts for her notable achievements and significant influence within the global iGaming industry.

Stephen Carter, editorial director of iGaming Business, said, “This year’s list features women who have played key roles in transformations within their organizations, women who’ve been champions of diversity, and women who’ve raised the profile of the entire sector itself.”

Sierra-Hughes said, “I am thankful to iGaming Business Magazine and the panel of judges for this distinction. It is an honor to be voted onto this respected list that includes leaders in the field of iGaming from around the world, and I congratulate everyone who was named to this year’s list. This initiative may inspire other women to consider gaming as a thriving industry in which to professionally progress.  I am grateful to each of my mentors who decided to bet on my potential in all my career roles as an attorney, gaming regulator, and gaming executive. And lastly, I am grateful to James Maida for trusting me and for having been such an influential part of my growth. Thank you also to the team of professionals at GLI, especially the LatAm and Caribbean team that supports and lifts me with their hard work, dedication, and love for what they do.”

Sierra-Hughes added, “I am also grateful to Vera Motto, Habanero Systems’ Business Development Executive, for nominating me for this award. Vera is widely recognized for her wealth of knowledge of the region’s markets, and her leadership of the company’s efforts to expand in Latin America. It is an honor to be nominated by an industry peer of Vera’s caliber and insight.”

“Our clients deserve nothing less than to work with the best in the business, and Karen Sierra-Hughes is the best at what she does – a perfect example of leadership, knowledge, passion, and insight,” said GLI’s President and CEO James R. Maida. “She inspires our customers and her fellow employees with her unparalleled knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean market, passion for excellence, and uncompromising dedication to our clients’ success. We congratulate Karen for this incredible achievement.”

One of Sierra-Hughes’s main goals is to help iGaming thrive throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by engaging with the region’s regulatory agencies and suppliers and operators throughout the world.

To access the entire Most Influential Women 2019 List and the accompanying feature article, please visit the current edition of iGaming Business Magazine here:


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