Gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management has strengthened its leadership frameworks for its US market directives, confirming the appointment of Brianne Doura-Schawohl as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development.
A figurehead in public policy development for gambling addiction and compulsive behaviours Doura-Schawohl joins EPIC having served as the Legislative Director for the US National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).
Founder and CEO of EPIC Risk Management Paul Buck said: “This is a significant day in the EPIC Risk Management story. With the appointment of Brianne, we are welcoming an individual of considerable skill and influence in the problem and responsible gambling sector in the U.S.
“This is an extremely exciting development in terms of our strategic direction in the U.S. as we look to raise awareness of the risks problem gambling can pose to individuals, businesses and society.”
Speaking about her new role at EPIC, Doura-Schawohl said: “It is a privilege to join the impressive and dedicated team of professionals at EPIC Risk Management. EPIC combines world-class risk management problem and responsible gambling strategies with the latest global research and most importantly, lived experience. My emphasis will be in supporting those initiatives in partnership with states, regulators, operators, and consumers.
“I am elated to facilitate the creation of national problem and responsible gambling efforts in the areas of education, training, treatment, and resources in the expanding US gambling market; in a quest to further mitigate risk and reduce the harm that can impact some individuals from gambling.”
Her addition to EPIC’s team is one that Sr VP of US Operations John Millington emphasised will strengthen the organisation’s mission of advocating for safer gambling in the US.
“This is a very important step for EPIC’s impact in the US and one that we are extremely excited about,” said Millington: “Brianne’s history working with key stakeholders in the gambling industry on problem and responsible gambling is second to none, and combined with EPIC’s experience and expertise, this is a major statement of intent. This appointment only strengthens our mission to take the problem out of gambling and create a safe and sustainable industry in the US.”
“We will continue to work with highest risk, hardest to reach populations, added Millington, “to help them to better understand problems and responsible gambling, to recognise markers of harm and vulnerability, to be able to identify those at risk and to have the tools to interact effectively with those most vulnerable.
“We will also continue to provide advisory and advocacy in the areas of culture change, policy and procedure and responsible branding and messaging. To do this more effectively we believe in working with the very best who show a genuine commitment to responsible gambling.
“The latest step in this mission is the appointment to the EPIC team of one of the leading individuals in the U.S. responsible gambling space. The addition of Brianne is a boost for our organisation and we’re all looking forward to tapping into her extensive experience and skillset”