Penn National Gaming, Inc. announced that Carl Sottosanti, the company’s executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, retired effective December 31. As his successor, the company has named 20-year gaming industry legal executive Harper Ko, who will serve as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary, effective January 1, subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Ko joins Penn National from Everi Holdings Inc., where she has served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and general counsel.
Throughout his 17-year career at Penn National, Sottosanti has played a critical role in helping drive the company’s growth and evolution from a small regional gaming operator into the nation’s leading omnichannel provider of retail and interactive gaming, sports betting and entertainment.
Ko brings more than 20 years of corporate legal and regulatory compliance experience on behalf of gaming equipment suppliers and casino operators to her new role at Penn National. She has served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at Everi since 2017, and was tapped to help guide the former Global Cash Access through its ongoing transition to a full-service casino gaming equipment and payment solutions provider.
Prior to joining Everi, Ko served as deputy general counsel, gaming for Scientific Games Corporation. During her time there, she led the legal integration of Bally Gaming, Inc., SHFL entertainment Inc. and WMS Gaming Inc. into the Scientific Games gaming division, and served as a strategic adviser to the gaming unit executive management team.