Contributor Profile

Frank Donaghue

Job TitleChief Compliance Officer

Company NamePenn National Gaming

Frank Donaghue joined Penn National Gaming, Inc. ("PNGI") in July 2011. As Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Compliance Officer, he oversees all aspects of compliance relating to PNGI's gaming and racing businesses and serves as the Company's primary liaison with regulators in all of the jurisdictions where PNGI operates or seeks to operate. Mr. Donaghue was instrumental in establishing Pennsylvania's regulatory framework following the legislative authorization of gaming in 2004. From March 2006 to June 2008, he served as the first Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board ("PGCB") where he managed a legal staff responsible for the initiation and development of regulations, policies and procedures and the establishment of more than thirty-five new regulatory chapters. Mr. Donaghue was named the Acting Executive Director of the PGCB in June 2008 and in this capacity acted as the Board's Chief Executive Officer responsible for planning, directing, executing and coordinating all activities relating to oversight and regulation of Pennsylvania's gaming industry. As Acting Executive Director, Mr. Donaghue worked directly with the seven member Board and led the development and direction of policies and operations of the Board, which has an annual budget of over $30 million and more than 260 employees in agency bureaus including Administration, Licensing, Gaming Operations, Casino Compliance, Gaming Laboratory, Office of Diversity, Compulsive Gaming, Communications and Legislative Affairs and Office of Chief Counsel. From June 2009 through June 2010, Frank Donaghue served as Interim Deputy Executive Director of the PGCB responsible for assisting the new Chairman and new Executive Director, working directly with the Board, Executive Director and Executive Staff on various managerial and administrative matters including budget, information technology, and human resources. In this capacity, Mr. Donaghue oversaw preparations for the potential gaming expansion in Pennsylvania including the development of draft regulations regarding the implementation of table games at existing casinos. Prior to joining PNGI, Mr. Donaghue most recently served as Of Counsel to Ballard Spahr and prior to his service with the PGCB, Mr. Donaghue served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General and Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection for six years, where he directed the law enforcement and advocacy efforts of the Bureau of Consumer Protection and its seven regional offices while overseeing a staff of 60 attorney and agents and administrative personnel handling more than 40,000 consumer complaints and approximately 150 legal actions each year. He also served in several other capacities as a Deputy Attorney General under former Pennsylvania Attorney Generals, Tom Corbett, Jerry Pappert and Mike Fisher. Mr. Donaghue began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald D. Castille, currently the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Donaghue is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He earned a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law in 1993 and a B.A. in Political Science, from The Catholic University of America in 1990.

Conference Sessions

  • The Latest In Financial Crime Detection and Prevention: Best Practices and Trends

    October 14, 2019, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM, Veronese 2405

    Featuring several financial crime and risk prevention and detection experts, this best practices session will look at three critical aspects of financial crime ...

    • Language: English