Frank Fahrenkopf, American Gaming Association president and CEO, has announced that he will step down from his position effective June 30, 2013.
Fahrenkopf has led the AGA throughout its entire 17 and 1/2 year history and has been credited for much of the organization’s success, including establishing responsible gaming parameters and promoting trade shows within the industry such as the Global Gaming Expo and G2E Asia.
“I have enjoyed my time at the helm of this incredible organization and am proud to have represented an industry that provides tens of millions of men and women with the best entertainment value in the world,” Fahrenkopf said. “It has been a true honor to work with so many passionate and innovative leaders as we have moved the industry forward during the past 17 and 1/2 years.”
Prior to heading the AGA, Fahrenkopf chaired the Republication National Committee during six of President Ronald Reagan’s eight years in office. He continues co-chairman duties for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is responsible for running the debates of both president and vice-presidential candidates.
Fahrenkopf’s good work at AGA has been widely recognized by members of the gaming industry. “I cannot begin to express the tremendous gratitude and respect our entire board holds for Frank,” said Richard Haddrill, chairman of both Bally Technologies and the AGA. “He has been a steady, thoughtful leader through a period of great change for our industry and has steered us through some of its most difficult challenges.”
While a successor has not yet been chosen, a search firm has been hired to find the AGA’s next president and CEO. Though Fahrenkopf will step down from his duties at the end of June, he will assist whoever is chosen to follow in his footsteps in a transition period expected to last at least until the end of the year.