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Penn National Gaming has appointed Dave Williams as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The move will be made effective as of March 3, 2020, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Williams joins Penn National following more than 20 years as a finance executive at Apple, succeeding BJ Fair. Williams will report directly to Penn National’s CEO Jay Snowden.

In his new role at Penn National, Williams will be responsible for all of the company’s financial and treasury functions, as well as helping to develop and support its strategic growth initiatives including its burgeoning igaming and sports betting businesses.

Since 2012, Williams has served as CFO and controller of Apple’s Claris division (formally known as FileMaker). Claris is Apple’s B2B software subsidiary, which provides the leading platform for developing custom apps that are deployed on premise or in the cloud by businesses worldwide.

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Snowden said: “Dave brings extensive technology, financial, and strategic growth experience to his new role. His background will be an invaluable asset to our senior management team, finance and accounting departments and board of directors as we continue to evolve from the nation’s largest regional gaming operator, with 41 properties in 19 states, to a best-in-class omni-channel provider of retail and online gaming and sports betting entertainment.”

Williams said: “I am very impressed by Penn National’s strategic vision and look forward to taking part in the company’s ongoing growth story, which focuses heavily on my expertise in the interactive space. I look forward to working with Jay, the corporate and property management teams and the board of directors to achieve our strategic and financial goals.”

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