40 Under 40: Shannon Demus, Chief Financial Officer – Americas, Light & Wonder


Shannon Demus

Thu, Mar 28, 2024 (2 a.m.)

Shannon Demus is a people-first leader with a gift for cultivating a team’s skills and culture for optimal performance. Demus first started at Light & Wonder overseeing a finance team with a purview of four different business units. Recognizing that the compartmentalization of these teams was not in the best interest of the business, she consolidated the existing structures to allow better communication, the sharing of ideas, and a strong support system for achieving objectives.

As the Chief Financial Officer for the Americas at Light & Wonder, Demus must be flexible and adaptable in an ever-shifting industry. Demus prides her team on being ready for the unknown, a difficult but valuable mindset to maintain. While she still wishes for more hours in a day to accomplish her many tasks, Demus believes that she can do anything she sets her mind to. “One of my proudest achievements was managing to simultaneously excel in a demanding job in Las Vegas, pursue an Executive MBA in Los Angeles, all while being pregnant/caring for a newborn,” said Demus.

Demus engages regularly with several local charities, but two have always held a special place in her heart—Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has made it her personal mission to advocate for animals until each one has a home.

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