IGT elects new board member

Slot machine giant International Game Technology reached into the technology realm to fill a seat on its board of directors.

The Reno-based company announced that Sprint Nextel executive Paget Alves has been elected to serve as a director for the company, pending regulatory approval.

Alves, 55, is the President of the Business Markets Group for Sprint Nextel, and is responsible for Sprint's sales and marketing to all enterprise and public sector customers. Alves also oversees the development of strategic alliances for Sprint.

IGT Chief Executive Officer Patti Hart, herself a product of the technology sector, said Alves will bring technology industry experience to the slot machine maker’s board.