The changes at Penn National Gaming (PNG) continue to roll in, including a new head of the Penn Interactive division. Benjie Levy, who serves as President and COO of theScore, will take on the role while maintaining his current position.
Previous head of Penn Interactive Jonathan Kaplowitz announced his departure on LinkedIn earlier this month. He cited his desire to spend more time with his family as part of his motivation to step down. Penn Interactive worked with both Barstool Sportsbook and theScore to develop online casino and online sportsbook products.
Kaplowitz stepped into the role in February 2019 as Penn was rolling out its Hollywood-branded online gaming entity in Pennsylvania. During his tenure, PNG acquired a stake in Barstool Sports and Penn Interactive subsequently rolled out the Barstool Sportsbook product.
The scope of Penn Interactive expanded last fall with the $2.1 billion acquisition of Score Media. Levy played a crucial role in negotiations on that deal. Levy was also an integral part of theScore Bet’s US and Canadian rollouts. While theScore recently announced its exit from the US space, it is currently in the midst of a very successful launch in Ontario.
“Fortunately, we didn’t have to look too far to find the perfect individual to fill the role,” Penn National CEO Jay Snowden told the staff. “With our acquisition of theScore last year, we inherited one of the digital sports media and gaming industry’s brightest stars in Benjie Levy. I know Benjie is excited to pick up the baton and continue to build upon Jon’s legacy at Penn Interactive.”
Levy has been with theScore since 2001 and will continue to work in his role in the company. One of the first projects for Levy will likely be continued work on a fully integrated betting platform for theScore, which is parting ways with Bet.Works.