At the closing dinner of the 2018 WLA Convention and Trade Show, Christophe Blanchard-Dignac was presented with the Guy Simonis Lifetime Achievement Award, the WLA’s most prestigious award for individual achievement in the lottery industry.
Among the lottery sector's most prestigious accolades, the Guy Simonis Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed by the WLA on select recipients in recognition of their unparalleled contributions to the lottery industry. Past winners include Dianne Thompson DBE, Dr. Edward Stanek, Lothar Lammars, as well as Guy Simonis himself. At WLS 2018, Christophe Blanchard-Dignac, former President and CEO of La Française des Jeux (FDJ), was the tenth individual to be so honored with this illustrious decoration.
More than 1,000 international delegates were on hand in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the World Lottery Summit 2018. The WLA’s flagship event took place from November 18-22 at the prestigious Buenos Aires Hilton in the heart of the city.
Outgoing WLA President Jean-Luc Moner-Banet opened the summit by underlining the special significance of Latin America to WLS 2018. He spoke of the long history of the lottery sector on the continent and lauded the strong commitment of the Latin American lotteries to the WLA mission. Addressing the delegates, outgoing ALEA President Alfredo Monaco spoke his appreciation to the WLA for holding the summit in Buenos Aires and thanked WLA President Jean-Luc Moner-Banet and the WLA staff for their cooperation and support over the past two years.