DraftKings names Lori Kalani its first chief responsible gaming officer

April 22, 2024 8:24 PM
  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports
April 22, 2024 8:24 PM

DraftKings Monday introduced Lori Kalani as chief responsible gaming officer. Kalani will report directly to DraftKings’ CEO Jason Robins and becomes the first person in that role “committed to the continued elevation and integration of the company’s player safety and protection activities and initiatives across all facets of its platforms and player communities,” according to a statement.

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“Responsible gaming is one of our top priorities and it is a core part of our mission to build games that our customers can enjoy responsibly,” Robins said in a statement. “In this leadership role, Lori will further advance our responsible gaming initiatives and uphold our commitment to setting new industry standards.”

DraftKings’ responsible gaming initiatives include technology, employee training, evidence-based research, collaboration with third parties and advocacy groups, and player education to promote responsible play across all platforms and all player communities. The company also provides players with tools to manage their play responsibly.

“I have long admired DraftKings’ impact as an entertainment and engagement platform that brings a community of gaming enthusiasts together,” Kalani said. “Joining DraftKings represents an exciting opportunity for me to bolster the efforts of the company and look for opportunities to reinforce our responsible gaming initiatives. I am eager to partner with colleagues, regulators, industry leaders, and community advocates to further demonstrate DraftKings’ commitment to responsible gaming and promote a healthy gaming environment for all customers.”

Kalani’s experience in consumer protection law and accomplishments in developing working relationships with regulators, attorneys general, and other key stakeholders will enable her to work with DraftKings’ compliance team to cultivate the company’s dedication to consumer safety and protection practices.

Kalani previously was a partner with Cozen O’Connor, where she co-chaired the law firm’s State Attorneys General practice. Her background includes work on industries including gaming, social media, telecommunications, hospitality, and healthcare.