November 19, 2020 Casino, Legal

Penn National General Counsel Carl Sottosanti to retire; Harper Ko named successor


Carl Sottosanti, Penn National Gaming Executive VP, General Counsel and Security, will retire at the end of the year after 17 years with the company.

Penn National has named veteran legal executive Harper Ko his successor. She will serve as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, effective January 1, 2021.

Sottosanti arrived at Penn National in 2003, first serving as Vice President of Legal & Business Affairs and Deputy General Counsel. He was promoted to his current role in 2014.

“Throughout his career at Penn National, Carl has been known for his tireless work ethic, dogged determination, and fierce advocacy in support of our company’s interests,” said Jay Snowden, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Carl has been a trusted personal advisor and a consummate teammate, and while he’ll be leaving behind some big shoes to fill, I’m confident that Harper Ko will do a great job in carrying on the standard of excellence that Carl has established for our Legal Department.”

Ko has two decades of experience in the gaming industry. She arrives at Penn National from Everi, where she has worked as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer – General Counsel and Secretary since 2017.

Before Everi, Ko served as Deputy General Counsel, Gaming for Scientific Games Corporation from 2014-2017. Previously she worked at Bally Technologies and Aristocrat, both in the role of Assistant General Counsel.

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