Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has appointed Donald DeFronzo to serve as chairman of the state lottery's board of directors.
As chair of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation (CLC) DeFronzo will lead the group responsible for overseeing the operations and management of the business.
"This is an integral position in overseeing the operations of our state lottery system, and Don will bring with him many respected years of management experience," Malloy said.
DeFronzo is an experienced public servant, having served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services between 2011 and 2015, and spent 17 years with the state Office of Planning and Policy Management.
From 1989 to 1993 he served as Mayor of New Britain, and as State Senator for the 6th Senatorial District of Berlin, Farmington and New Britain from 2002 to 2011.
He replaces Frank Farricker, who held dual roles as board chairman and interim CEO of the business until May this year. Farricker had taken over the CEO position following the resignation of Anne Noble in September 2016.
Noble stepped down from the CEO position in controversial circumstances, with an investigation into a 5 Card Cash lottery game underway. The game was plagued by fraud, with the CLC criticised for failing to handle the matter properly.
Since May CLC chief of strategy, government and operational affairs Chelsea Turner has served as interim CEO, with a search for a permanent replacement for Noble ongoing.
DeFronzo pledged to help restore the lottery's reputation as chairman.
"I look forward to working with the employees and board members of the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to restore stability, confidence, and trust in the system," he said. "I appreciate Governor Malloy's confidence in assigning me this responsibility."
The Governor appoints five members of the CLC board, including the chairman under state statutes, with Connecticut's top six legislative leaders appointing one member each.
The state treasurer and secretary of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management also serve as ex-officio members, with the board then appointing a president and CEO responsible for the day-to-day management of the CLC.