Scientific Games unifies its legal and public policy teams

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Scientific Games has announced the consolidation of its legal and public policy team into a new unified department.

The gaming and lottery technology provider has created a new Global Legal and Public Policy department to replace the two teams.

The department will be led by James D. Shultz who will assume the new title of Executive Vice President, Global Legal and Public Policy. During his career Schultz has spent time working in various government roles as well as advising and serving as an appointee for government officials on both sides of the aisle. 

Reporting to Schultz will be Phil Bauer, who will be promoted to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

“As part of this succession plan, we have an opportunity to strategically align our operations with Jim’s and Phil’s combined talents. Jim Schultz’s wide-ranging legal expertise and his deep knowledge of state and federal government operations will provide our business teams with additional strategic support as we continue to pursue new opportunities to expand our global operations,” said Scientific Games CEO Pat McHugh.

Christine Wechsler, currently Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations, will aso serve in an expanded role of SVP, Legislation and Litigation.

As well as reshuffling, the operator will also bid farewell to its chief legal officer Dena Rosenzweig, who has chosen to retire. Rosenzweig has been with the company since 2017 and plans to retire on March 31.

“Dena has strengthened our legal function and reinforcement of our commitment to operating with the highest level of ethics and integrity. We are grateful for her support, guidance and leadership and wish her all the best as she focuses on herself and family in retirement. We are grateful to have Phil Bauer, a highly respected and experienced industry leader, promoted to General Counsel. Phil’s leadership in transformative business deals has been critical to our growth and success,” added McHugh.

Last month Scientific Games bolstered its stable of lottery-based studio programs by adding Bwloto and Random State to its partner program. This means that Scientific Games will deliver the pairs catalog of iLottery games to its more than 30 iLottery clients worldwide.