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DraftKings names Kalani as first chief responsible gaming officer

| By Robert Fletcher
DraftKings has announced the appointment of Lori Kalani as its first chief responsible gaming officer.
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In the role, Kalani will support DraftKings with the ongoing elevation and integration of its player safety and protection activities. This will cover initiatives across all facets of the operator’s platforms and player communities.

Kalani joins DraftKings after most recently serving as a partner at the Cozen O’Connor law firm. Here, she also co-chaired the state attorneys general practice.

Prior to this, Kalani was a partner at legal firm Dickstein Shapiro. She was also senior counsel at global law business Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

“I have long admired DraftKings’ impact as an entertainment and engagement platform that brings a community of gaming enthusiasts together,” Kalani said. “Joining DraftKings represents an exciting opportunity for me to bolster the efforts of the company and look for opportunities to reinforce our responsible gaming initiatives. 

“I am eager to partner with colleagues, regulators, industry leaders and community advocates to further demonstrate DraftKings’ commitment to responsible gaming and promote a healthy gaming environment for all customers.”

DraftKings’ co-founder and CEO Jason Robins added: “Responsible gaming is one of our top priorities. It is a core part of our mission to build games that our customers can enjoy responsibly. 

“In this leadership role, Lori will further advance our responsible gaming initiatives and uphold our commitment to setting new industry standards.”

Changes at the top for DraftKings

The appointment comes after DraftKings last month announced several senior staff changes.

Jason Park is stepping aside as chief financial officer to become its first chief transformation officer, effective 1 May. Park has served as CFO at DraftKings for almost five years, joining the business in June 2019.

In the new role, Park will oversee the integration of the proposed acquisition of Jackpocket, announced in February.

Replacing Park is Alan Ellingson, currently senior vice-president of finance and analytics at DraftKings. He becomes CFO with effect from 1 May.

DraftKings said Ellingson will be tasked with continuing to improve shareholder value by driving the business towards its financial objectives.

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