Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX: ALL) announced that Bill G. Lance Jnr has been nominated as a Non-Executive Director of Aristocrat Leisure Limited (the Company) effective today, subject to receipt of all relevant regulatory pre-approvals*.
Mr Lance is a prominent Native American Tribal leader in the United States. Mr Lance was the longest-serving Secretary of Commerce in the history of the Chickasaw Nation, a major Oklahoma-based Tribal nation, where he was responsible for 7,000 employees and more than 60 gaming, hospitality, retail and media commercial operations. Upon stepping down as Secretary of Commerce, Mr Lance was given the honorary title of the Chickasaw Nation’s Secretary of State as part of a planned succession. In this role, Mr Lance continues to represent the Nation on multiple Tribal and other national and state level organisations across the United States, such as on the executive committees of the American Gaming Association and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
Mr Lance is a member of the Board of the Chickasaw Foundation and also serves on the Board of Directors of the NASDAQ-listed company BancFirst. He previously served as member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Oklahoma Foundation, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce Advisory Council, and as a regent for the University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma.
Shareholders will be asked to elect Mr Lance as a Non-Executive Director of the Company at its Annual General Meeting in February 2023, subject to the receipt of all relevant regulatory pre-approvals.
Aristocrat Chairman Mr Neil Chatfield said, “I am delighted to welcome a Director of Bill’s calibre to the Board. His decades of experience as a major gaming operator and a Tribal leader of national standing in the US will bring valuable new perspectives to the Board’s deliberations. I’m confident that Bill will further strengthen the customer focus of our organisation as a whole. I congratulate Bill on his nomination and look forward to his contribution to Aristocrat.”
* Pending regulatory pre-approval, Bill G. Lance Jnr will be referred to as a Director (Elect). Upon regulatory pre-approval, the Board will confirm Mr Lance’s appointment as a Director of the Company.
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