Penn National’s Wilmott, succeeds MGM Resorts' Murren, as new AGA leader

Penn National’s Wilmott, succeeds MGM Resorts' Murren, as new AGA leader

November 14, 2017 3:00 AM
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The American Gaming Association (AGA) board of directors has announced it has elected Tim Wilmott, CEO of Penn National Gaming Inc., as the casino industry group’s next chairman.

He succeeds outgoing AGA Chairman Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, who has led the AGA board since 2014. Wilmott will serve a two-year term beginning in January. Geoff Freeman continues as AGA president and CEO.

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

Murren expects a smooth transition saying, “I’m immensely proud of the progress we have made in establishing our industry as mainstream entertainment, a source of strong jobs and as a crucial economic engine of the U.S. economy,” Murren said. “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.”