August 14, 2018

Mohegan tribe adds new senior-exec positions

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Drew M. Kelley has been appointed as Mohegan's senior vice president and chief financial officer.

The tribal operators of Mohegan Sun are adding several new senior-executive positions to help develop the gaming and entertainment company's branding efforts.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE), which oversees the company and its subsidiary casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, recently announced it appointed Drew M. Kelley, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Barbara Kenney, senior vice president and chief human resources officer; and Richard Lindsay, senior vice president and chief development officer.

Mohegan officials said all three positions are new and they will help lead the company "into its next phase of growth." The appointments come on the heels of MGM Resorts International's grand opening of a $960 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield on Friday, Aug. 24.

Tribal leaders from Mohegan and Foxwoods, meantime, are nearing a groundbreaking of a $300 million casino and entertainment complex in East Windsor to combat competition from MGM's new Springfield casino. The facility would be Connecticut's first off-reservation casino and is estimated to create or preserve nearly 4,300 jobs.

As CFO, Kelley reports to CEO Mario Kontomerkos regarding the company's financial activities and will relay financial information to tribal leadership. The investment banking veteran recently served as interim CEO of Florida-based advanced manufacturing and metal 3D printing provider ARC Group Worldwide Inc., where he spent years as CFO.

Kelley also worked over a decade in investment banking and equity research at several Wall Street firms including Merrill Lynch & Co., Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. and as an advisor to numerous gaming and entertainment companies at Jefferies LLC.

Kenney arrives to MGE after more than a decade as vice president of human resources for property and casualty insurer The Hartford. As a senior vice president overseeing human resources at MGE, she will work with senior leaders to evaluate and develop the company's workforce at its owned and operated properties in the U.S. and Asia.

Meantime, Lindsay is tasked with identifying and negotiating deals with international and domestic partners as the chief development officer. He joins MGE after working for John Buck Company, a Chicago-based property management company, and hotel operator Kerzner International.

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