February 27, 2024 3 min read

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FanDuel Reportedly Hires Former NIGC Chairman Simermeyer

Joining the company, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer was appointed to the role of vice president for strategic partnerships

Last month, the leading betting and gaming operator, FanDuel, hired Frank Sizemore, the former VP of operations for San Manuel. At the time, he was appointed to the role of VP for strategic partnerships, in a move that signals the company’s plans to collaborate with Indian Country.

This wasn’t the only recent appointment for an executive with such experience for FanDuel. Back in October, the company hired the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ former chief operations officer, Rikki Tanenbaum. Joining FanDuel, he was designated as its VP for strategic partnerships as well.

Now, in a move that signals further the operator’s intention to strengthen efforts with tribal entities, the company reportedly announced a new hire. Last week, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), the regulatory body that oversees gaming on Indian lands, announced the sudden departure of its chairman, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer. Announced on Tuesday last week, the resignation of the chairman was in effect as of February 24, 2024.

While NIGC did not confirm what are Simermeyer’s next plans, a report released by SportsHandle reveals that FanDuel recruited the executive with extensive experience in tribal gaming. As a part of the company, he was reportedly appointed to the role of VP for strategic partnerships.

Tasked with establishing “sustainable commercial relationships across the United States,” Simermeyer joins Tanenbaum and Sizemore, who share similar tribal gaming experience. Undoubtedly, his unique knowledge, deep understanding of the gaming vertical and tribal gaming experience are going to help him in the new role as he plays an important part in growing FanDuel’s relationships with Indian Country.

The Former NIGC Chairman Is Delighted to Join FanDuel

In a statement, Simermeyer revealed that it is thrilling to become a part of FanDuel. “I am joining the private sector for the first time, and it mattered to me to join a team where I could use my background as a former regulator, legislative staffer, and public servant to Indian Country,” he explained.

Simermeyer spoke about FanDuel’s leadership position within the growing gambling sector across the United States. Finally, he said he is delighted to join the company at such an important moment and play an important role in establishing successful long-term relationships with Indian Country.

Earlier this month, FanDuel announced the acquisition of BeyondPlay, a leading supplier of innovative software and solutions. The strategic deal was completed for an undisclosed sum. Per the terms of the acquisition, BeyondPlay along with its solutions and software would be integrated into FanDuel Casino.

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