New Mexico Lottery Board Hires Interim CEO


ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Lottery board of directors voted to hire an interim CEO at its meeting yesterday.

David M. Barden, who helped launch the Arkansas and South Carolina lotteries, will begin his assignment in Albuquerque later this month, pending completion of a background check.

Barden’s work experience includes serving as vice president of the Arkansas Lottery Commission between 2009 and 2011 and as senior attorney and then director of marketing and product development for the South Carolina Education Lottery from 2001 to 2009.

“The New Mexico Lottery and the Legislative Lottery Scholarship program have much to gain by working with Mr. Barden over the next few weeks,” said Dan Salzwedel, chairman of the lottery’s board of directors. “The depth of his industry knowledge and his commitment to responsible marketing and sales practices will help position the lottery to be even more successful.”

Barden, who will be paid $2,500 a week, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and a juris doctor degree from the Ohio Northern School of Law. He currently lives in South Carolina.

The board also voted to begin an international search for a permanent CEO with the application period scheduled to end Jan. 15.

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