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Former White House official James D. Schultz is set to lead a newly unified global legal and public policy department at Scientific Games.

Schultz will step into the role of executive vice president for global legal and public policy and oversee the integration of the company’s merged legal and public policy teams.

The restructuring comes about as Dena Rosenzweig, who has served as the firm’s chief legal officer since 2017, prepares to retire on 31 March.

Schultz joined Scientific Games in December 2022 as EVP global public policy and government affairs.

Prior to joining the company, Schultz served in various high-profile government roles, including general counsel to the governor of Pennsylvania.

He was also senior associate counsel and special assistant to the president during the first year of the Trump administration in 2017.

He has advised officials from both political parties, including three Pennsylvania governors, and has led government practice groups at Holland and Knight LLP and Cozen O’Connor.

Strategic support

As part of the reorganisation, Scientific Games deputy general gounsel Phil Bauer, who has been with the company for 25 years, will be promoted to general counsel and corporate secretary, and will report to Schultz. 

Meanwhile, current senior vice president of public policy and government relations, Christine Wechsler, will serve in the expanded role of SVP for legislation and litigation.

“As part of this succession plan, we have an opportunity to strategically align our operations with Jim’s and Phil’s combined talents,” said Scientific Games CEO Pat McHugh.

“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.

“The combined organisation under Jim will allow us to support our growth plans more efficiently and strategically.”

Commenting on his appointment, Schultz added: “Since joining Scientific Games in 2022, I have witnessed the strong work we do for our government partners which in turn enables them to serve their taxpayers and residents to provide meaningful programmes across all service sectors.

“In my new position, our goal will be to maximise our services to the benefit of these constituencies.”

CEO McHugh also praised Rosenzweig’s contributions to the company’s legal function and added that she reinforced the firm’s commitment to operate “with the highest level of ethics and integrity.”

Last year, Scientific Games realigned its management team to strengthen its digital and sports offerings.

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