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AGA reshuffles management team with trio of promotions


The American Gaming Association (AGA) reshuffled its management team to reflect the industry body’s focus on market modernization and advocacy, while high-profile executives Sarah Slane and Stacy Papadopoulos are to depart. 

This sees Dan Bretl, formerly vice president of strategic alliances, take on the position of senior vice president of strategy and operations. Vice president of strategic communications Casey Clark, meanwhile, becomes a senior vice president, while Chris Cylke has been promoted to senior vice president of government relations.

“These promotions recognize the contributions these three leaders have already made to our organizational and industry success, and their ability to lead functions that are fundamental to AGA being the best steward of our industry, and advocate for our members,” AGA chief executive Bill Miller said.

“Dan, Casey and Chris have decades of hospitality, advocacy and association leadership experience that will continue to be valued assets for me, for the AGA staff, and for our members as we continue to advance the gaming industry’s interests across the country.”

Independent of these promotions, two AGA executives will step down from their positions in July to pursue new opportunities.

Sarah Slane, who has served as the association’s mouthpiece as senior vice president to public affairs, will depart to launch an advisory business assisting sports and media companies. Senior vice president and general counsel Stacy Papadopoulos will also leave, for a new role as senior vice president of operations and special initaitives, and general counsel, at the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

“The AGA accomplished a great deal during Sara and Stacy’s tenure, and much of our organizational success is to their credit,” Miller said. “Their contributions helped reshape and advance the organization and enable some of the most significant policy victories in our organization’s history.

“Our team, our members and the entire gaming industry benefited greatly from their many contributions.”