The American Gaming Association (AGA) has appointed Aristocrat Leisure CEO Trevor Croker to serve as its new chair.

Croker will start his two-year term in January 2020 and succeeds outgoing AGA chair Tim Wilmott, president and CEO of Penn National Gaming, who has led the AGA board since 2018.

Since his appointment as Aristocrat CEO in 2017, Croker has been an active participant in the AGA, serving on the board and in executive committees.

Croker has been with Aristocrat since 2009, holding key leadership roles within the business before his appointment as CEO, including executive vice president, global products and insights, chief digital officer and managing director of Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific. Before joining Aristocrat he spent 19 years with beverage company Fosters Group.

“It’s a great privilege to lead the AGA during a time of great growth and change in the gaming industry,” said Croker. “I look forward to continuing the progress made under Tim’s leadership to modernize the industry and make responsible gaming a signature priority.”

AGA president and CEO Bill Miller commented: “I’m thrilled to have such a well-regarded leader in the industry step into the role of AGA’s next chairman. Trevor brings with him invaluable insight from our supplier members and fresh perspectives on how to propel the industry into the next generation of gaming.

“Tim led the AGA during a dynamic period for the industry and provided a steady hand throughout the association’s own evolution. The entire gaming industry benefited from his leadership, and I’m personally grateful for his continued and wise counsel.”

Commenting on his departure, Wilmott said: “It’s been an honor to serve the gaming industry as chairman of AGA the past two years. I’m proud of the strides we’ve made to highlight gaming’s role as an economic engine and mainstream form of entertainment. The future of the organization and industry is bright with Trevor and Bill’s leadership.”