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Haddrill Elected AGA Board Chairman

At the December annual meeting of the American Gaming Association, the AGA board of directors elected Richard Haddrill, CEO and director of Bally Technologies, Inc., to a two-year term as chairman of the organization. Haddrill, who served as AGA vice chairman for the past two years, follows Keith Smith, president and CEO of Boyd Gaming Corporation, in the position. James J. Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, replaces Haddrill as the AGA’s new vice chairman.

In addition to the transitions in leadership, the AGA board welcomed a new director in Adam Rosenberg, managing director and global head of the gaming group for Goldman Sachs & Co. Rosenberg previously served as director-elect and was elected for a one-year term as an at-large director. He succeeds Robert Heller, managing director and head of gaming and leisure for the Americas at UBS Investment Bank, whose term as an at-large director had expired. Richard Byrne, CEO of Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc., was designated by the AGA board as a director-elect for the coming year.

Also at the annual meeting, Murren and Smith were re-elected to the AGA board of directors for three-year terms, as were Patti S. Hart, CEO of International Game Technology, and Gavin Isaacs, CEO of Shuffle Master, Inc. Larry Ruvo, senior managing director of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, was re-elected to a one-year term as an at-large director.