Penn National Gaming announced Carl Sottosanti, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, plans to retire, effective Dec. 31. Veteran gaming industry legal executive Harper Ko will take over as his successor, effective Jan. 1, 2021, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Ko will serve as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary.

Sottosanti joined Penn National in 2003 as vice president of legal & business affairs and deputy general counsel. He helped lead the legal and regulatory efforts surrounding the company’s acquisitions of Hollywood Casino Corporation and Argosy Gaming and also helped oversee Penn National’s corporate governance, as well as labor and employment matters.

In 2014, Sottosanti was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel and helped guide Penn National through the next chapter of its growth story, including the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment and its investment in Barstool Sports.

Ko brings more than 20 years of corporate legal and regulatory compliance experience on behalf of gaming equipment suppliers and casino operators to her new role at Penn National. She has served as executive vice president, chief legal officer – general counsel and secretary at Everi Holdings since 2017.