Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) (“Penn” or the “Company”) announced today that Jay Snowden, who has served as Senior Vice President, Regional Operations since October 2011, has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. The role of Chief Operating Officer was previously held by Timothy J. Wilmott, who was named Chief Executive Officer in November 2013 concurrent with the spin-off of Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (“GLPI”) from the Company. Penn also announced that effective January 6, William J. (“B. J.”) Fair was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Development Officer, a position previously held by Steven Snyder who assumed the role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at GLPI at the time of the spin-off. Mr. Snowden and Mr. Fair will report directly to Mr. Wilmott, and both appointments are subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Tim Wilmott commented on the appointments, “We are delighted to announce Jay’s promotion and the addition of B. J. to our team of proven operations, finance, marketing, project development and legal executives. Since the spin-off, we have appointed experienced executives to senior management positions, including CFO, COO and Chief Development Officer, positioning us to optimize the results of our growing regional gaming portfolio and deliver excellent entertainment experiences to our patrons while pursuing opportunities to further expand the scale and diversity of our operations, and build value for shareholders.”
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Snowden will be responsible for the Company’s regional gaming operations, marketing, human resources and IT functions. Mr. Snowden joined Penn National in 2011 following over 12 years at Caesars Entertainment in several regional and destination markets, including Nevada, California, Missouri, and New Jersey. Immediately prior to joining Penn National, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of both Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. Mr. Snowden began his career with Caesars in 1998 with a financial planning and analysis role prior to being named Slot Performance Manager at Harrah’s Las Vegas. In 2000, he assisted in the design and development of Harrah’s Rincon in San Diego before becoming that property’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager upon opening. In 2003, he became Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Harrah’s St. Louis and, soon thereafter, served as acting General Manager. In 2005, he was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Showboat Atlantic City, where he oversaw construction of a $65 million expansion project, and was given additional responsibility as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in 2008.
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