Caesars Entertainment Corporation

    Website: https://www.caesars.co.jp/

    Caesars Entertainment is one of the largest IR operators in the United States, but what sets it apart from its Las Vegas-based rivals is that it possesses no concession in Macau. Caesars focuses on building customer loyalty through the advantages of its Total Rewards program, for which it claims more than fifty million members globally. It has also been a leader in terms of developing policies to combat gambling addiction. Although Caesars can trace its origins back to a bingo parlor in Reno, Nevada, that opened in 1937, the current company was created in 1990.

    Caesars Entertainment is aggressively bidding to enter the Japan IR market, looking at investments in both major urban markets as well as regional opportunities. The company is eager to expand their presence in the country, leveraging their position as a global entertainment leader to introduce Caesars’ unique form of leisure to Japan.

    People

    Hunt, James

    Family Name: Hunt Given Name: James Role: Chairman Profile: James Hunt, a trained accountant, had a background in corporate management but not in the gaming industry when he became the Chairman of Caesars Entertainment in 2017. In particular, he had served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide from 2003 to 2012.

    Rodio, Anthony

    Family Name: Rodio Given Name: Anthony Role: Chief Executive Officer Profile: With decades of experience in gaming industry, Rodio notably served from 2011 to 2018 as president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment. He then moved on briefly to become the CEO of Affinity Gaming before his April 2019 selection to lead Caesars Entertainment, largely at the insistence of the top shareholder, Carl Icahn.

    Hession, Eric

    Family Name: Hession Given Name: Eric Role: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Profile: Hession joined Caesars Entertainment in 2002 after working some years at Merck and Company. Prior to attaining his current position in 2015, he served Caesars in various capacities in both property operations and corporate finance.

    Massari, Michael

    Family Name: Massari Given Name: Michael Role: Chief Sales Officer Profile: Massari is a long-time figure at Caesars Entertainment having begun his career at the company in 2000 and gradually worked his way up the ladder. Since May 2017 he has been Chief Sales Officer.

    Jones Blackhurst, Jan

    Family Name: Jones Blackhurst Given Name: Jan Role: Executive Vice-President for Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility Profile: Jones Blackhurst served two terms as a popular mayor of Las Vegas before joining Caesars Entertainment in 1999. She has focused her efforts on making Caesars a leader in corporate ethics and responsible gaming policies. She has also emphasized the need for diverse hiring practices, opening management and staff positions to minorities and women.

    Tight, Steven

    Family Name: Tight Given Name: Steven Role: Chairman and CEO Profile: With a background in real estate and hotel development, Tight joined Caesars Entertainment in June 2011 and leads its efforts to expand overseas, including oversight of the Japan campaign.

    Linss, John

    Family Name: Linss Given Name: John Role: Vice-President of Strategic Investment Initiatives Profile: With a strong background in various kinds of technology companies, including several that he founded himself, Linss joined Caesars Entertainment in 2018 as Vice-President of Strategic Investment Initiatives.

    Shen, William

    Family Name: Shen Given Name: William Role: Senior Vice-President, Managing Director for Korea and Japan Profile: Since he joined Caesars in 2006, Shen has been involved in international development projects for the company, mainly in Asia. Since 2011, he has been in charge of securing the license and developing Caesars Korea IR, and in 2017 he was also made head of the Japan office.

    Watanabe, Yusuke

    Family Name: Watanabe Given Name: Yusuke Role: Head of Business Development, Japan Profile: Most of Watanabe's career before joining Caesars was spent in the banking industry—Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, JP Morgan, and Morgan Stanley. In August 2017 he brought into the Caesar's team to help lead efforts to gain an IR license in the Japanese market.

    Nishimura, Kengo

    Family Name: Nishimura Given Name: Kengo Role: Head of Government & Community Relations, Japan Profile: Nishimura began his career as a national bureaucrat working on tourism policy before leaving the government and joining the private sector. After stints at the technology company Accenture and the auditing firm Deloitte, he joined Caesars Entertainment's Japan operation in August 2018 as head of government and community relations.

    Icahn, Carl

    Family Name: Icahn Given Name: Carl Role: Major Stockholder Profile: Born in New York City and beginning his career as a stockbroker, Icahn became one of the most famous corporate raiders and activist shareholders. Through these activities, he became a billionaire and one of the richest people in the world. Although his interests are wide-ranging, the gaming industry has long been one of the areas in which he has sometimes made major investments.

    Reeg, Tom

    Family Name: Reeg Given Name: Tom Role: Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado Resorts Profile: With a background in the finance industry, Reeg's affiliation with Eldorado Resorts began in 2007. After a number of executive positions, he became President in 2014 and then shifted to Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. Six months later, an agreement was reached by which Eldorado would purchase Caesars Entertainment, and Reeg was slated to become Chief Executive Officer of the largest IR operator in the United States.

    Frissora, Mark

    Family Name: Frissora Given Name: Mark Role: Former President & CEO Profile: Frissora's background is as a business executive, though not specifically in the gaming industry until his appointment to the helm of Caesars in 2015. Previously he led Tenneco and then Hertz Global Holdings. He was one of the only IR company CEOs with previous experience forming business partnerships with Japanese companies. Frissora was replaced as President and CEO in April 2019 and left the company.

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