Galaxy Entertainment


    Galaxy was founded in 1988 by Lui Che-Woo and is one of Asia’s leading developers and operators of integrated entertainment and resort facilities, as well as a member of the Hang Seng Index. It was awarded a concession to operate casinos in Macau in 2002 and entered the market in 2004 with the opening of the first of four City Club Casinos, the Casino Waldo. The company now owns the five-star StarWorld Hotel and Casino on Macau Peninsula, opened in 2006, and opened the first phase of its Galaxy Macau integrated resort on Cotai in May 2011. Four years later, Galaxy opened the doors of the greatly-expanded Galaxy Macau resort and the Broadway Macau.

    Galaxy Entertainment Group is seeking opportunities in both the major urban as well as the regional markets. In this quest it has been gathering partners, including Société des Bains de Mer, the owner-operator of the Monte Carlo Casino, and the Tokyo Okura Hotel.


    Lui Che-Woo

    Family Name: Lui Given Name: Che-Woo Role: Chairman Profile: Lui is a now-elderly Chinese billionaire who founded both the Galaxy Entertainment Group and K. Wah International Holdings. His business empire focuses on sectors such as construction and real estate. Galaxy was one of the original concessionaires in Macau.

    Lui, Francis Yiu Tung

    Family Name: Lui Given Name: Francis Yiu Tung Role: Vice-Chairman Profile: Francis Lui is a son of K. Wah International Holdings and Galaxy Entertainment Group founder Lui Che-Woo. He is the deputy chairman of the Galaxy's Executive Board, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee, as well as the chairman of Corporate Governance Committee.

    Chan, Ted

    Family Name: Chan Given Name: Ted Role: Chief Operating Officer for Japan Development Profile: Chan had a long gaming industry career at Melco before jumping to Galaxy. This was facilitated by his strong personal rapport and respect for Vice-Chairman Francis Lui. He now has overall responsibility for Galaxy's campaign to win an IR license in Japan.

    Walker, Jeremy

    Family Name: Walker Given Name: Jeremy Role: Vice-President for International Development Profile: Walker joined the Galaxy Entertainment Group as its vice-president for international development in February 2017, and has since played an active role in the company's efforts to gain an IR license in Japan. He previously worked on Hong Kong-based business development for the public relations firm Golin.

    Mecca, Michael

    Family Name: Mecca Given Name: Michael Role: Non-Executive Director Profile: Prior to joining Galaxy in March 2009, Mecca held executive positions for Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the predecessor company to Caesars Entertainment. He originally served as president and COO of Galaxy Entertainment, but since May 2018 has been a non-executive director, mainly dealing with the company's relationship with its European partner, Société des Bains de Mer.

    Isa, Yukio “Mike”

    Family Name: Isa Given Name: Yukio "Mike" Role: Adviser Profile: Isa worked for many years in the hotel industry working for the Hyatt group in various capacities, eventually becoming Vice-President of Hyatt Japan. It was from that position that the Galaxy Entertainment Group appointed him head of its Japan office. With the changes in May 2018 that put Ted Chan at the lead of the Japan effort, he became an adviser.

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