With plenty of movers and shakers around the industry, allow CasinoBeats to give you the rundown on a number of recent appointments.
MGM Resorts International
Jyoti Chopra has joined Las Vegas-based MGM as senior vice president, chief diversity and sustainability officer, reporting directly to president and COO Bill Hornbuckle.
Driving the firm’s social impact and sustainability efforts, Chopra is to also work to expand data-driven methods to measure progress in attaining key social impact and environmental sustainability goals by 2025.
Chopra will also oversee the MGM Resorts community engagement, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability teams and departments, including oversight of the nonprofit MGM Resorts foundation and community grant fund, corporate giving program and employee volunteer program.
Of her new position, Chopra stated: “I am honoured and proud to join MGM Resorts to build our roadmap for a sustainable future that improves the quality of life for humanity and protects our planet.
“I look forward to collaborating with our employees, guests, investors, partners and communities to support economic development, provide environmental leadership and advance inclusive people practices.
“Importantly, our work in these arenas will be aligned with leading global reporting frameworks and environmental, social and governance practices for maximum measurable impact.”
Keith Galea has been appointed as the new CEO of lottery games provider Helio Gaming, building up a prior role of COO which was undertaken in June.
Galea is to manage the company’s day-to-day functions, as former CEO Richard Mifsud moves to a consultancy role with a focus on ensuring business continuity and growth.
“I’m delighted to be taking over as CEO of Helio Gaming and honoured to be given the opportunity to help build on the company’s commercial achievements to date,” Galea said of the promotion.
“Helio Gaming’s lottery solutions are an asset for any operator looking to diversify its games portfolio, and I think their universal appeal will help the business go from strength to strength in the years to come.”
Sycuan Casino Resort
The Sycuan Tribal Council has appointed Robert Cinelli as the new general manager of Sycuan Casino Resort, beginning the employment on January 1, 2020.
Cinelli currently serves as the senior vice president of casino operations at the Venetian and Palazzo, and has been with the Las Vegas Sands Corporation since November 2011.
“The Sycuan tribe is excited to have Mr Cinelli join our team,” said Sycuan chairman Cody Martinez. “He brings incredible financial talent and an abundance of management experience and customer focus in a highly competitive gaming market.
“Rob’s breadth and depth of knowledge and goals for our new property, mesh well with the goals and objectives of the tribal council and the entire tribe.”
Betfred has appointed Bryan Bennett as chief operating officer for their US operations, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals.
Bennett will oversee Betfred’s US operations of on premise, online and mobile wagering and its full suite of managed products: BI/analytics, anti-fraud, trading, compliance/GDPR, customer support, payments, marketing and managed trading operations support.
Mark Stebbings, Betfred Group chief operating officer, noted: “After a thorough process we have appointed Bryan Bennett as the Betfred Sports US chief operating officer. Bryan has a wealth of experience and an exemplary track record. He shares our vision for our US operation and this appointment will help us achieve our goals in this exciting new market.”