The American Gaming Association Board of Directors last month announced it has elected Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming, Inc., as the casino industry group’s next chairman. Wilmott will serve a two-year term beginning in January 2018. He succeeds outgoing AGA Chairman Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, who has led the AGA board since 2014.

Wilmott has been actively involved in AGA leadership since 2015 as an executive committee member and director of the board, as well as chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.

“I’m immensely proud of the progress we have made in establishing our industry as mainstream entertainment, a source of strong jobs and a crucial economic engine of the U.S. economy,” said Murren. “Tim is a chief executive of the highest caliber and has been an engaged and invaluable member of the AGA Board and Executive Committee and a strong partner to me personally. He has contributed greatly to our past successes and has my full support as he leads us into the future.”

Wilmott joined Penn National Gaming in February 2008 as president and chief operating officer, and was named chief executive officer in November 2013. Prior to joining Penn National, Wilmott was with Harrah’s Entertainment from 1987 to 2008, where he served finally as chief operating officer.

“I am excited to continue working with Geoff Freeman and the AGA team to advance issues critical to the gaming industry’s success,” said Wilmott. “I certainly have big shoes to fill following Jim’s tenure as chairman, but I look forward to continuing the momentum that he initiated.”

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.