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Penn Entertainment Names LaBerge CTO

Penn Entertainment Names LaBerge CTO

Penn Entertainment, Inc. announced that Aaron LaBerge has been named chief technology officer (CTO) effective July 1, subject to customary regulatory approvals. LaBerge will report directly to Penn President & CEO Jay Snowden.

In his new role, LaBerge will be responsible for driving the technology strategy and execution for Penn, while leading the multinational team of technologists and serving as the key business leader for the company’s Interactive Division.

LaBerge spent more than 20 years at the Walt Disney Company, in two stints as a technology entrepreneur. He was most recently president & chief technology officer for Disney Entertainment and ESPN, where he was responsible for driving all technology and product development in support of Disney’s two media divisions. In that role, he helped set the vision and strategic leadership for how Disney uses technology to enable story-telling and innovation, drive its business, and create unparalleled consumer experiences with entertainment and sports content.

Prior to his most recent role at Disney, LaBerge was executive vice president and CTO at ESPN from 2015 to 2018. At ESPN he played an instrumental role in the growth of ESPN’s consumer-facing digital media products and services, leading many of ESPN’s most ambitious and challenging projects and helping establish ESPN’s position as the leader in digital sports and innovative sports technology development.

He was a key architect in the design, development, and engineering of ESPN’s state-of-the-art facilities, as well as data centers and infrastructure that connect those facilities around the world, and the technology design and development to support the launch of the multi-platform SEC Network.

Between 2007 and 2012, LaBerge was co-founder and CEO of Fenster, Inc., a venture-funded consumer software and digital product development company.

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