Daily fantasy sports (DFS) giant DraftKings has named R Stanton Dodge as its new chief legal officer to support the company's international expansion plans.
Dodge is to join the company on November 6th, and will lead the company's legal and government affairs teams in its Boston headquarters, reporting directly to DraftKings CEO Jason Robins.
He has spent the past 20 years working for direct broadcast satellite provider DISH Network, most recently serving as its executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.
During his time with the business he gained experience of supporting the growth of disruptive technology in the face of industry opposition. He was described instrumental in defending DISH's AutoHop ad-skipping feature from legal challenges filed by TV networks.
For DraftKings, Dodge will be expected to do similar work, helping support the operator's international growth plans.
In the past two years the operator has already prompted changes to legislation in a range of different jurisdictions, helping pass consumer protection laws for DFS in a number of US states. It was also the first company to secure a Controlled Skill Games Licence from the Malta Gaming Authority, enabling the roll out of its product in Germany, Malta, Ireland and Austria.
"Stanton brings to DraftKings a wealth of experience and expertise in legal and government affairs," Robins said. "During his nearly two decades at DISH, he helped the company grow from a startup in a fledgling industry into a telecommunications giant.
"Stanton will be a major driver and enabler of DraftKings' future growth as we continue to evolve and expand into new lines of business around the world, and we are very excited to have him join the talented group of women and men who work at DraftKings," Robins added.