International Game Technology (IGT) has announced the retirement of Donald R Sweitzer, Chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, effective December 31 2018. He steps down from the role after 20 years of leadership in the firm’s government affairs and business development during which time he was an accomplished ambassador to IGT’s current and prospective global customers and government officials, and instrumental in its development, growth, and industry leadership.

“Don’s expertise building and nurturing relationships with state and commercial partners around the world, along with his insights into complex geopolitical situations, have been important to IGT’s continued expansion and leading market position,” said IGT CEO Marco Sala. “I will always be grateful for his integrity, insight, and leadership. His achievements with IGT will continue to resonate far into the future.”

“I am grateful to Marco Sala and the entire IGT family, our customers, and business partners for the extraordinary opportunities and meaningful relationships we have built together throughout the last 20 years,” said Sweitzer. “I can honestly say I have enjoyed coming to work every single day during my time here, and I love the people in this company. It’s now a good time in the business to retire on a positive note, with a spectacular future ahead for IGT.”

Prior to his role as Chairman of IGT Global Solutions Corporation, Sweitzer was Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and Public Affairs. Before joining the company in 1998, he served in prominent senior roles in federal and state politics. He was political director of the Democratic National Committee during the first term of former US President Bill Clinton. He was also a trusted advisor to elected representatives, including Senators Edward M Kennedy, D-Massachusetts and Howard M. Metzenbaum, D-Ohio.

In addition, he has held roles on the boards of non-governmental organizations including current Co-Chair and past Chairman of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and current board member of the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sweitzer is also a member of the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.