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Scientific Games hands EVP role to former Trump assistant Schultz


Scientific Games has announced the appointment of James Schultz as its new executive vice president of head of public policy and government affairs.

In his new role, Schultz will lead a unified government affairs, public policy and advocacy agenda to support Scientific Games’ business growth plans on a global basis.

Schultz joins Scientific Games from multinational law firm Holland & Knight, where he spent two years as a partner, chair of the northeast government advocacy team, and also co-chair of the state attorneys general practice.

Prior to this, Schultz had two spells with Cozen O’Connor, both of which were as chair of its government law and regulatory affairs practice.

Between these two stints, Schultz spent 11 months as senior associate counsel and special assistant to President of the United States, which at the time was Donald Trump.

Schultz was also general counsel and first executive deputy general counsel for former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, while he had a spell as director outreach at the US Attorney’s Office and spent time with White and Williams.

In addition, last month Schultz was appointed to the transition team for Pennsylvania Governor-elect Josh Shapiro.

“The global lottery industry is exciting and it’s rapidly evolving; with his significant policy and legislative experience coupled with a deep understanding of the dynamics businesses face in highly regulated industries, Jim will play a critical role in advancing Scientific Games’ mission to create secure, sustainable solutions that empower our lottery partners worldwide to maximize good cause funding,” Scientific Games chief executive Pat McHugh said.

“He will support our customers and associations in advocating for the lottery industry’s responsible approach to generating billions of dollars annually for lottery beneficiaries.”