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Penn Entertainment Names Anuj Dhanda to Board of Directors

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Penn Entertainment Names Anuj Dhanda to Board of Directors

 

PENN Entertainment announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Anuj Dhanda to the Board, subject to customary regulatory approvals. Mr. Dhanda’s appointment expands the size of the Board to ten members, nine of whom satisfy the standards for director independence under the current Listing Rules of the NASDAQ Stock Market.

Mr. Dhanda serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Transformation Officer for Albertsons, a Fortune 100 Idaho-based chain of grocery stores with locations across the US. He joined Albertsons in 2015 in the midst of the company’s $9 billion acquisition of the Safeway grocery store chain. He was responsible for successfully merging the two companies’ technology platforms together. In his current role, he partners with business leaders to leverage technology to create a competitive advantage for the company. He is responsible for IT architecture, application platforms, supply chain modernization, data analytics, infrastructure and information security. He has also been the driver behind the company’s move to the cloud, making Albertsons one of the few enterprise businesses to have completely migrated their data centers to the Cloud. Mr. Dhanda is also focused on the acceleration of the business through the use of AI.

Prior to joining Albertsons, Mr. Dhanda was Sr. Vice President of Digital Commerce and CIO at Giant Eagle, a leading retailer in the Midwest, where he was accountable for managing all aspects of technology apps, architecture, infrastructure and more. Additionally, Mr. Dhanda held CIO roles at PNC Financial Services for nearly 15 years.

Mr. Dhanda has been active in numerous professional and philanthropic causes including the CIO Council for Greylock; President’s Council for Oracle; former Chairman of the Board at the Mattress Factory Museum; board member at Carnegie Museum of Art; and board member of United Way of Allegheny County. He has also served on the Board of BlueLinx (NYSE BXC) since May 2023. Mr. Dhanda has been recognized by CIO100 and was an honoree of the CIO Hall of Fame in 2019. He received both his MBA and Ph.D. in Finance from Rutgers University.

Marla Kaplowitz, Chair of PENN’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors, said: “We are delighted to welcome Anuj to the Board. He is a well-respected technology leader in the consumer space and is known for building powerful and collaborative teams. His deep understanding of the rapidly evolving technology landscape, including topics such as AI and cybersecurity, will be a tremendous resource for us as we continue to evolve our business around an omnichannel retail and interactive gaming, sports betting and entertainment experience for our industry leading database of customers.”

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Rush Street Interactive Appoints Brian Sapp as Chief Marketing Officer

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Rush Street Interactive Inc. announced the appointment of Brian Sapp to the newly-created role of Chief Marketing Officer.

In his role as CMO, Brian brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in leading data-driven marketing and live operations within the mobile industry and joins the Company’s executive leadership team reporting directly to Richard Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer.

“As we continue to grow and expand across the Americas, a marketing leader with Brian’s unique blend of gaming and mobile experience, strategic insight, and creativity will be additive to the team as we shape the future of our brand and continue to innovate our customer first experience. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard to lead our marketing strategy, team, and operations,” said Richard Schwartz.

As RSI’s growth continues to accelerate, Mattias Stetz, the company’s Chief Operations Officer who previously led the marketing team, has deepened his focus on scaling operations and increasing Latin American growth.

Brian Sapp said: “I am thrilled to join Rush Street Interactive at a time when the company has such strong momentum. RSI’s customer first focus really resonated with me as a marketer who understands what it takes to succeed in a competitive mobile landscape. I look forward to leveraging my experience and expertise to drive forward our marketing initiatives during RSI’s next phase of growth and deliver exceptional experiences to our customers.”

Prior to joining Rush Street Interactive, Brian served on the Executive Team at Rec Room, overseeing several functions, including media buying, product marketing, creative, social, and first-party revenue, where he played a pivotal role in driving the company’s growth strategies and user base to new heights. Before his tenure at Rec Room, Brian held the position of Senior Vice President of User Acquisition & Ads at Jam City, overseeing the successful marketing campaigns for a diverse portfolio of casual and social mobile games.

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Brian also served as the Director of Digital Publishing at WB Games, where he managed all aspects of user acquisition, analytics, and monetization for WB’s mobile gaming portfolio. He began his journey in the mobile industry at Tapjoy, where he served as Director of Developer Partnerships, playing a key role in strategic partnerships, developer relations, and app distribution and monetization.

Brian’s appointment underscores Rush Street Interactive’s commitment to innovation and strategic growth in the rapidly evolving online gaming landscape. His extensive experience and proven leadership will undoubtedly propel Rush Street Interactive to new heights of success as new markets come online and existing markets continue to mature.

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MotorCity Casino Hotel Promotes Stacey Young to SVP of Casino Operations

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MotorCity Casino Hotel has announced the promotion of Stacey Young to Senior Vice President of Casino Operations. With 25 years of casino management experience, Young brings exceptional leadership skills and strategic insight to his new role.

Young joined MotorCity Casino Hotel in 2003 as a Slot Technical Manager where he demonstrated exceptional technical skills. Young continued his successful career by taking on various operational roles, including Director of Slot Operations and Vice President of Slot Operations.

As Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, Young assumes primary responsibility for all facets of casino operations including, slots, table games, poker, and the sportsbook.

“I’m thrilled to be part of such an outstanding team, and I’m excited to continue elevating the guest experience at MotorCity Casino Hotel,” said Young.

“Stacey’s dedication and expertise have been instrumental in delivering MotorCity Casino’s world-class experience. We’re eager to see Stacey continue to excel in his new role,” John Policicchio, General Manager of MotorCity Casino Hotel, said.

Young holds a master’s in information management from Central Michigan University. He also served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps and is a Desert Storm veteran.

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TPI Appoints Joe Tingson as Vice President of Customer Success

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TPI, a leading provider of innovative player communication solutions for the casino industry, has appointed Joe Tingson as its new Vice President of Customer Success. With his unparalleled dedication to his customers, Joe will play a pivotal role as a leader for our digital Customer Success and Product teams.

In his new role as VP of Customer Success, Joe Tingson will be responsible for the vision and strategy of TPI’s mobile app, Player Connect, and other digital products including Digital Mailers and Player Portals. Drawing on his wealth of experience in the casino industry, Joe will work closely with TPI’s clients to understand their needs, identify opportunities for improvement, and ensure they derive maximum value from TPI’s Player Connect and suite of digital solutions.

“Joe’s proven track record of building strong relationships and intense passion for both marketing and the casino industry makes him the right person to lead the future of digital within TPI. We are thrilled to welcome him to the TPI team and are confident that his leadership will further strengthen our commitment to delivering unparalleled service and support to our clients,” Kane Johnson, President of TPI, said.

With over 20 years of experience in the casino industry, Joe Tingson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new position at TPI. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a passion for product development, elevating the patron experience and success through strategic planning and tailored solutions.

“I am honored to join TPI as the Vice President of Customer Success and am excited to work with our clients to create a highly personalized player experience. TPI has a strong reputation for delivering innovative solutions and exceptional service, and I look forward to building upon that foundation. The digital transformation journey begins (and ends) with TPI,” Joe Tingson said.

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