The executive committee of the American Gaming Association (AGA) announce the formation of a seven-member search committee to select the next chief executive of the gaming industry. The new CEO will replace Geoff Freeman, who will be departing the AGA as of the end of July to become president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association. Freeman has been president and CEO of the AGA since May 2013.
The committee will be led by Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming and chairman of board. Its members will include:
- Greg Carlin, co-founder and CEO of Rush Street Gaming;
- Trevor Croker, CEO and managing director of Aristocrat;
- Mark Frissora, president and CEO of Caesars Entertainment;
- Bill Lance, Jr., secretary of commerce of Chickasaw Nation;
- Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International; and
- Ron Reese, SVP, global communications and corporate affairs of Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
“The gaming industry is widely recognized as among the most popular of consumer entertainment experiences and we take seriously our role in providing this experience safely and responsibly,” said Wilmott. "We are also proud to support the creation of strong jobs and tremendous economic value for the communities in which we operate across the U.S. The growing impact of our industry, including the opportunity for states to offer legal sports betting, makes this an especially exciting time to lead our membership toward a vibrant future.”
Stacy Papadopoulos, general counsel and SVP of industry services at the AGA, has been appointed as interim CEO until a candidate is named.
The search will be supported by Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s leading executive search consulting firms. Leslie Hortum, managing director, will lead the search.