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Penn National Gaming reveals new-look executive management team


Penn National Gaming has made a number of changes to its executive management team to coincide with the transition of Jay Snowden to the role of chief executive next month.

Snowden will take up his new position on January 1, following the retirement of PNG’s current CEO Timothy Wilmott.

In preparation for the move, Penn National has promoted Todd George to executive vice president for operations and also changed Chris Rogers’ job title to senior vice president, chief strategy officer.

George has been with the operator since October 2012, first serving as vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, before going on to become vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino St. Louis. In 2017, George was promoted to his current position as senior vice president of regional operations, overseeing nine properties in Penn National’s Midwest region.

In his new role, George will be responsible for the operator’s four senior vice presidents of regional operations, as well as marketing and information technology.

Rogers joined Penn National in August 2013 as vice president, deputy general counsel, serving in the role until February of this year when he was promoted to senior vice president, corporate development.

Moving into the newly created role of senior vice president, chief strategy officer, Rogers will lead the team in developing and pursuing strategic growth initiatives.

“Both Todd and Chris have quickly risen the management ranks at Penn National and their new roles reflect the trust and confidence I have in them serving as integral members of my newly restructured executive management team,” Snowden said.

Penn National is also still seeking a new executive vice president and chief financial officer after it was recently confirmed that BJ Fair will step down from the role in March next year.

Last month, the operator reported a 71.5% year-on-year rise in third quarter revenue, after benefiting from the regulation of sports betting and online gaming in a number of states and the expansion of its casino estate. Revenue for the three months to September 30, 2019 came in at $1.35bn, almost double the $789.7m generated in the prior year.

This week, Penn National also announced that it had selected Malta-based supplier White Hat Gaming to provide a player account management platform as it prepares to launch real-money betting in multiple states across the US.

The operator is aiming to leverage its land-based presence to make a push to become a leading sports betting operator in the market, having selected Kambi as its sportsbook technology partner in July this year.