The American Gaming Association (AGA) is seeking to recruit a new CEO following the announcement this week that the current incumbent, Geoff Freeman, is to depart for a similar role with the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). It is anticipated he will remain in the post until August 1 to ensure a smooth handover process.

The announcement marks the conclusion of a five-year tenure for Freeman, who took the reigns as only the second leader of the association from Frank Fahrenkopf Jr who was instrumental in its founding in 1995.

In a statement issued on Monday, AGA chairman Tim Wilmott said: “It is a testament to our industry, as well as to Geoff himself, that GMA would look to gaming as a model for managing through dynamic change and complexity to achieve success in both policy and perceptions. Geoff has built a strong board and a strong team. He leaves us well positioned for future success.”

Wilmott paid further tribute to Freeman, adding: “The AGA accomplished many important successes during Geoff’s tenure, most notably the recent Supreme Court ruling … a decision that paves the way for legalised sports betting in the US.”