Lou White, a co-founder of the company, was replaced as chief executive officer at PokerTek on Friday.

White was named vice chairman of the board effective September 24.

Replacing him as CEO is Chris Halligan, who has served as PokerTek’s vice president of sales and planning since September of 2006.

PokerTek (Nasdaq: PTEK) sells a variety of automated gaming tables to the gambling and cruise ship industies.

“As our company has grown, it has become clear that we need to add accomplished professional managers to lead our company,” White said in a statement. “Chris Halligan fits that description perfectly.”

Halligan worked at Dell for 11 years in sales. He left Dell to join webMethods in 1999 and later worked for Kieden Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona.