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Caesars Entertainment Corp (CZR.OQ)

CZR.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Hunt

62 2017 Chairman of the Board

Eric Hession

43 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Thomas Jenkin

63 2013 Global President - Destination Markets

Marco Roca

57 President - Global Development and Chief Development Officer

Les Ottolenghi

56 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Christopher Holdren

48 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Timothy Donovan

62 2018 Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal, Risk and Security Officer

Richard Broome

59 2017 Executive Vice President - Communications and Government Relations

Janis Jones

69 2017 Executive Vice President - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility

Christian Stuart

39 2017 Executive Vice President - Gaming and Interactive Entertainment

John Boushy

63 2017 Director

Denise Clark

59 2018 Director

Donald Kornstein

66 2017 Director

Thomas Benninger

60 2017 Independent Director

John Dionne

54 2017 Independent Director

Matthew Ferko

52 2017 Independent Director

David Sambur

38 2010 Independent Director

Richard Schifter

65 2017 Independent Director

Christopher Williams

60 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Hunt

Mr. James S. Hunt is Chairman of the Board of the Company. He served The Walt Disney Company in executive financial roles in the Parks and Resorts segment between 1992 and 2012. Mr. Hunt served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide from 2003 to 2012. Prior to joining Disney, he was a Partner of Ernst & Young. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Brown & Brown, Inc., where he serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation and Acquisition Committee, The St. Joe Company, where he serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., and the Nemours Foundation. Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant with an active license in the state of Florida. Mr. Hunt was elected as Chairman of the Board because of his executive leadership experience in the leisure and entertainment industry, his extensive directorship experience and his accounting and financial expertise.

Eric Hession

Mr. Eric A. Hession is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Hession joined the Company in December of 2002 and held many roles in both operations and corporate finance over his tenure with the Company. Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. Hession spent five years with Merck and Company working in various capacities in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and at its New Jersey corporate headquarters.

Thomas Jenkin

Mr. Thomas (Tom ) M. Jenkin is Global President - Destination Markets of the Company. He served as our President of Operations from November 2011 through May 2013. He served as Western Division President from January 2004 through November 2011. He served as our Senior Vice President-Southern Nevada from November 2002 to December 2003 and Senior Vice President and General Manager-Rio from July 2001 to November 2002.

Marco Roca

Mr. Marco Roca is President - Global Development and Chief Development Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Caesars, Mr. Roca was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Hard Rock International from May 2014 to July 2017. Prior to joining Hard Rock, Mr. Roca was the Global Senior Managing Director for Realogy. Prior to joining Realogy, he spent six years as the Senior Vice President of Development for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and two years as Vice President of Development – Americas and Caribbean for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Prior to Starwood, Mr. Roca was the Vice President of Global Licensing, Contract & International Operations for The Simmons Company from 1999 through 2004.

Les Ottolenghi

Mr. Les Ottolenghi is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Company in early 2016, Mr. Ottolenghi held the same role at Las Vegas Sands Corporation from June 2013 to August 2015. Mr. Ottolenghi was also the founder and served as CEO/CIO of Plat4m Technologies, formerly Fuzebox, LLC, from August 2007 to May 2013.

Christopher Holdren

Mr. Christopher J. Holdren is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer of the Company. Mr. Hession joined the Company in December of 2002 and held many roles in both operations and corporate finance over his tenure with the Company. Prior to his employment with the Company, Mr. Hession spent five years with Merck and Company working in various capacities in Pennsylvania and North Carolina and at its New Jersey corporate headquarters.

Timothy Donovan

Mr. Timothy R. Donovan is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal, Risk and Security Officer of the Company. He served as Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer from January 2011 to February 2018. He served as Senior Vice President from April 2009 to November 2011. Prior to joining us, Mr. Donovan served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Republic Services, Inc. from December 2008 to March 2009 after a merger with Allied Waste Industries, Inc., where he served in the same capacities from April 2007 to December 2008. Mr. Donovan earlier served as Executive Vice President-Strategy & Business Development and General Counsel of Tenneco, Inc. from July 1999 to March 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. and is President and Director of the Be a Gift Foundation.

Richard Broome

Mr. Richard D. Broome is Executive Vice President - Communications and Government Relations of the Company. Prior to his current role, he served as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications from January 2016 to August 2017. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Broome served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications of Hertz Holdings and Hertz from March 2013 through July 2015. Previously, Mr. Broome served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications of Hertz Holdings and Hertz from March 2008 to March 2013, and as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications from August 2000 to March 2008.

Janis Jones

Ms. Janis Jones Blackhurst is Executive Vice President - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility of the Company. She served as Executive Vice President, Communications and Government Relations from November 2011 to May 2017. She served as our Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations from November 1999 to November 2011. Prior to joining Caesars, Ms. Blackhurst served as Mayor of Las Vegas from 1991 to 1999.

Christian Stuart

Mr. Christian Stuart is Executive Vice President - Gaming and Interactive Entertainment of the Company. Prior to his current role, he served as Senior Vice President and the Chief of Staff to Company President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Frissora from June 2015 through March 2017. He served as interim Chief Marketing Officer from July 2017 through November 2017, as Regional Chief Marketing Officer overseeing the Company’s nine resorts in Las Vegas from May 2016 to March 2017 and as General Manager of the Cromwell, Flamingo and LINQ Resorts from February 2013 through June 2015. Prior to these positions in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mr. Stuart served as Regional Vice President of Finance, Gulf Coast Region from July 2010 through January 2013. He spent three years in various finance and operations leadership positions at the Company’s U.K. headquarters in London from August 2007 through June 2010. Mr. Stuart began his career with the Company in an analytical capacity in 2005 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

John Boushy

Mr. John M. Boushy is Director of the Company. Mr. Boushy served as Senior Advisor of Zolfo Cooper, a financial and operational restructuring firm, representing the second-priority noteholders of CEOC, from February 2015 to December 2016. Prior to that, from July 2010 to December 2014, Mr. Boushy advised the board of directors of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a new property on the Las Vegas Strip, on areas including property branding, operations, marketing, financial performance and investment opportunities for capital investment. In 2008, Mr. Boushy founded Boushy Consulting, LLC, and subsequently co-founded ReelMetrics, a gaming-centric data sciences service for the casino industry. Before serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, Mr. Boushy served in various senior roles at The Promus Companies and Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the Company’s predecessor companies. During his 27 year career with the company he conceived of Total Rewards, marketing capabilities, cross-market capture and Revenue Management which the Company continues to use to compete today in the casino industry. Mr. Boushy currently serves on the Board of Directors of ReelMetrics Holding B.V., and he previously served on the Boards of Directors of C2Rewards, Inc., City of Hope, and Ameristar Casinos, Inc. Mr. Boushy was elected a member of our Board because of his deep knowledge of the Company due to his long-time prior service as an officer of the Company, his contemporary experience on the Las Vegas Strip, as well as his general hospitality and casino industry expertise. Mr. Boushy currently serves as a member of the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Denise Clark

Ms. Denise M. Clark is Independent Director of the Company. Prior to joining Estée Lauder, Clark served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hasbro from 2007 to 2012. Before Hasbro, Clark spent seven years at Mattel where she served as Chief Technology Officer. Clark began her business career at Apple Computer. Prior to that, Clark served for 13 years inthe United StatesNavy and specialized in advanced cryptology for the National Security Agency. She retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a MBA from San Jose State University.

Donald Kornstein

Mr. Donald R. Kornstein is Director of the Company. Mr. Kornstein founded and has served as the managing member of the strategic, management and financial consulting firm Alpine Advisors LLC. Mr. Kornstein served on the Board of Directors of Caesars Acquisition Company from January 2014 until the merger with the Company. He previously served as a non-executive Director on the Board of Gala Coral Group, Ltd., a diversified gaming company based in the United Kingdom, from June 2010 until its merger with Ladbrokes PLC in November 2016. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Affinity Gaming, Inc. (Chairman), a casino gaming company, from March 2010 until January 2014, Bally Total Fitness Corporation (Chairman & Chief Restructuring Officer), Circuit City Stores, Inc., Cash Systems, Inc., Shuffle Master, Inc. and Varsity Brands, Inc. Mr. Kornstein served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Jackpot Enterprises, Inc., which was a NYSE-listed gaming company until its sale, and was an investment banker and Senior Managing Director of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. Mr. Kornstein was elected a member of our Board because of his experience in the gaming and entertainment industry, experience as a chairman, president and chief executive officer, financial expertise and experience serving on several boards of directors. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Company’s Strategy and Finance Committee.

Thomas Benninger

Mr. Thomas M. Benninger is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Benninger founded and has been a Managing General Partner of Global Leveraged Capital, LLC, a private investment advisory firm, since 2006. Mr. Benninger has served on the Boards of Directors of Revel AC, Inc., Squaw Valley Ski Corporation, and Affinity Gaming, LLC, and was the Chairman of the Board of Managers of Tropicana Entertainment, LLC. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Video King Acquisition Corp. and Truckee Gaming, LLC. He was a Certified Public Accountant in California. Mr. Benninger was elected a member of our Board due to his experience in the gaming industry, extensive management experience, financial expertise, and experience serving on several boards of directors. Mr. Benninger currently serves as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and the Strategy and Finance Committee.

John Dionne

Mr. John D. Dionne is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Dionne has been a Senior Advisor of the Blackstone Group L.P., an investment firm, since July 2013 and a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit of the Harvard Business School since January 2014. Until he retired from his position as a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone in June 2013, Mr. Dionne was Global Head of its Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations Groups and served as a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Global Investment and Valuation Committees. Mr. Dionne originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Dionne was for several years a Partner and Portfolio Manager for Bennett Restructuring Funds, specializing in financially troubled companies, during which time he also served on several official and ad-hoc creditor committees. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Dionne currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Cengage Learning Holdings II, Inc., Momentive Performance Materials, Inc., and Pelmorex Media, Inc. He previously served as a member of the Boards of Directors of several companies and not-for profit organizations. Mr. Dionne was elected a member of our Board due to his significant financial experience. Mr. Dionne currently serves as the Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee.

Matthew Ferko

Mr. Matthew Ferko is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Ferko has over 21 years of experience as an institutional investor in the distressed space, with a particular expertise in the gaming and lodging sectors. From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Ferko served as a senior distressed debt analyst for Franklin Templeton Investments Mutual Series Funds, where he was responsible for generating investment ideas for a deep value mutual fund with approximately $65 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments in 2006, Mr. Ferko was a Vice President and Director of Investments, Distressed Securities at Harbinger Capital Partners (formerly known as Harbert Management Corporation) from 2004 until 2005. Mr. Ferko also was the Head of U.S. Distressed Debt Research at UBS from 2000 to 2004, during which time he served as a member of the Board of Directors of Chi Energy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blackhawk Mining, LLC. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Ferko was a Director in the Global High Yield Department at ING Barings. Mr. Ferko was elected a member of our Board due to his experience in the hospitality industry and his extensive financial experience. He currently serves as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

David Sambur

Mr. David B. Sambur is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Sambur is a Senior Partner of Apollo Global Management, having joined in 2004. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Sambur was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group of Salomon Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Sambur serves on the Boards of Directors, and on one or more standing committee of the Boards of Directors, of CareerBuilder, ClubCorp, Coinstar, Diamond Resorts International, EcoATM, LLC, Inception Topco, Inc. (parent of Rackspace), Mood Media Corporation, PlayAGS, Inc. and Redbox. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of Hexion Holdings, MPM Holdings, Inc. and Verso Corporation. Mr. Sambur is also a member of the Mount Sinai Department of Medicine Advisory Board and the Dean's Advisory Counsel of Emory College. Mr. Sambur's experience in financing, analyzing, investing in and advising companies and their boards of directors provides the Board with key insights and knowledge into financing and investment matters and guidance on strategic and operational issues. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Company's Compensation Committee and as a member of the Strategy and Finance Committee.

Richard Schifter

Mr. Richard Schifter is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Schifter is a Senior Advisor at TPG and was a partner at TPG from 1994 through 2013. Prior to joining TPG, Mr. Schifter was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring. Mr. Schifter joined Arnold & Porter in 1979 and was a partner from 1986 through 1994. Mr. Schifter currently serves on the Boards of Directors of LPL Financial Holdings Inc., where he serves as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, ProSight Specialty Insurance, and American Airlines Group, where he serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Mr. Schifter also serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In addition, Mr. Schifter is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Jewish International Relations Institute and a member of the national advisory board of Youth, I.N.C. (Improving Non-Profits for Children). Mr. Schifter previously served on the Boards of Directors of American Beacon Advisors, Inc. from 2008 through 2015, Republic Airways, Inc. from 2009 through 2013, EverBank Financial Corporation from 2010 to 2017, Ryanair Holdings, PLC from 1996 through 2003, America West Holdings Inc. from 1994 to 2005, US Airways Group Inc. from 2005 to 2006, and Midwest Airlines, Inc. from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Schifter’s extensive directorial experience and expertise in corporate restructuring enable him to provide the Board with valuable insight and guidance on strategic matters of the Company. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Company’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee.

Christopher Williams

Mr. Christopher J. Williams is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Williams has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Capital Group, L.P., an investment bank, since 1994, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm, since 2002. Mr. Williams also serves on the Boards of Directors for The Clorox Company, where he serves as a member of the Audit Committee, and Ameriprise Financial, Inc. where he also serves as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Williams also serves on the Board of Directors of Cox Enterprises, Inc., the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Partnership for New York City and is also Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Mr. Williams was elected as a member of our Board because of his extensive management experience in investment banking provides the Board with a wealth of knowledge regarding business operations and business strategy, as well as valuable financial and investment experience essential to guiding our strategy. Mr. Williams currently serves as a member of the Company’s Compensation Committee.