US gaming and lottery supplier Scientific Games Corporation has added to its executive team with the appointment of David Smail as the company’s new executive vice president and chief legal officer.

Effective August 3rd, Smail will be based at the company’s global corporate headquarters in Las Vegas, and will replace Katie Lever in the role.

Most recently Smail served as executive vice president and general counsel for Morgans Hotel Group, holding the role of chief legal officer between 2006 and 2014. Prior to that he worked as executive vice president and group general counsel of French advertising and communications services business Havas S.A, and has also worked for law firm Hogal Lovells in Paris and Washington DC.

“With more than 20 years of leadership and accomplishments in international business and the legal profession, David's broad-based global legal and public company expertise and dynamic leadership in support of business objectives, aligns well with our growth strategy,” Scientific Games president and chief executive Gavin Isaacs said.

“David will be an excellent addition who will further strengthen and complement our talented management team.”

He replaces Lever, who will remain with the supplier until August 31st to ensure a smooth transaction. Lever has held the position since November last year, taking the role on following Scientific Games’ acquisition of Bally Technologies.

Lever had served as Bally’s general counsel and senior vice president of legal and compliance between January and November 2014. She had also been executive vice president and general counsel of SHFL entertainment from May 2011 to December 2013 (before it was acquired by Bally), and previously worked for Global Cash Access.

Isaac thanked Lever for “her outstanding dedication and passion over the last several years as we navigated several significant mergers and complex business transactions.”

“Katie has built an exceptional legal organization, and we wish her the best as she moves on to pursue other professional and personal interests, including a passion for philanthropy,” he said.

Shares in Scientific Games Corporation (Co. Data) (NASDAQ:SGMS) closed up 2.37 per cent at $14.66 per share in new York Tuesday.