PrizePicks announces two key senior hires

PrizePicks announces two key senior hires
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Daily fantasy sports giant PrizePicks has announced new appointments to lead its HR and responsible gambling teams.

Former Warner Bros. Discovery and Turner Sports executive Renee White has been named as the company’s new Chief People Officer. In that role, she will be based out of Atlanta and report directly to co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Wexler. PrizePicks says her decades of experience, which includes a stint as Head of People & Culture at Turner Sports, Bleacher Report and Turner Studios, will help to lead the company through its next phase of growth and expansion.

Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health‘s Chief Communications Officer, Phil Sherwood, will take up the role of PrizePicks’ Senior Director of Responsible Gaming. At the MACGH, he was a driving force in the council introducing player protection measures such as the first statewide Remote Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) Program and a 24/7 LiveChat platform. He was previously the President of the Board of Directors for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

PrizePicks says Sherwood will lead the evolution of the company’s responsible gaming initiatives and “his unique perspective and strategic vision will help position PrizePicks as the gold standard in responsible gaming within the fantasy sports industry.”‍

“Renee and Phil bring invaluable experience that will accelerate our growth as a company,” said Wexler. “Renee’s storied career as a people leader and her ties to the Atlanta community cannot be understated; having her join us at such a crucial phase for the company is pivotal. Combined with Phil expanding upon our responsible gaming initiatives, I’m excited to see both play a role in ensuring our business continues to prioritize its two most valued assets: our people and our players.”

2024 a year of change for PrizePicks

The personnel changes follow numerous operational shifts for PrizePicks so far this year.

In February, the operator reached a $15 million settlement with the New York State Gaming Commission for operating in the Empire State without a wagering license. The fine came after PrizePicks announced it would stop offering its pick’em-style contests in the state amid regulatory changes that prohibit fantasy games that mimic proposition betting.

That same month, PrizePicks was also ordered along with Underdog Fantasy and Betr to shut operations in Florida by the Florida Gaming Control Commission. It subsequently re-entered the Sunshine State market this week with its P2P offering, PrizePicks Arena.

The DFS leader has also signed brand and media partnerships in recent weeks with the likes of the NHL‘s Dallas Stars and UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley.