The American Gaming Association has appointed Bill Miller as its next president and chief executive.

The AGA board appointed Miller following a six-month selection process, citing his extensive work with federal policymakers. He will assume leadership of the AGA on January 14th.

Miller currently serves as vice president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), where he is credited with growing the organisation’s brand and advocacy footprint in Washington DC since his appointment in 2012. He also served as national political director at the US Chamber of Commerce between 1999 and 2011.

“I am honored to join a team with a well-earned reputation for advancing the casino gaming industry’s legislative and communications priorities and addressing the issues that matter most to its members,” said Miller.

“Much to the AGA’s credit, this is a remarkable time for gaming in America. The industry is growing, acceptance of gaming as mainstream entertainment has never been higher and the opportunities to continue to advance gaming’s agenda are abundant. I am eager to help lead the industry in this next era.”

Tim Wilmott, chief executive of Penn National Gaming and chairman of the AGA, commented: “Bill’s extensive work with federal policymakers and as a seasoned leader of membership and industry advocacy organisations was critical to our decision.

“He joins a successful organisation at a time when our industry is enjoying great momentum, thanks in part to a major policy achievement – the ending of the federal sports betting prohibition. On behalf of the AGA Board, I am excited to welcome Bill to the team.”