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Caesars Entertainment Corp (CZR.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Hunt

61 2017 Chairman of the Board

Mark Frissora

61 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Eric Hession

42 2017 Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Jenkin

2013 Global President

Robert Morse

61 2014 President - Hospitality

Marco Roca

President - Global Development and Chief Development Officer

Steven Tight

61 2011 President - International Development

Les Ottolenghi

55 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Timothy Donovan

61 2011 Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer

Mary Thomas

50 2011 Executive Vice President - Human Resources

Janis Blackhurst

68 2017 Executive Vice President - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility

Richard Broome

58 2016 Executive Vice President - Public Affairs and Communications

Christian Stuart

38 2017 Executive Vice President - Gaming and Interactive Entertainment

Chris Holdren

2017 Chief Marketing Officer

Thomas Benninger

56 2017 Director

John Boushy

61 2017 Director

John Dionne

52 2017 Director

Matthew Ferko

2017 Director

Donald Kornstein

65 2017 Director

Richard Schifter

64 Director

Marilyn Spiegel

60 2017 Director

David Sambur

37 2010 Independent Director

Christopher Williams

59 2008 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Hunt

Mr. James S. Hunt is Chairman of the Board of the company. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide from 2003 to 2012. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Brown & Brown, Inc., The St. Joe Company and Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co., as well as Nemours Foundation and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Mr. Hunt holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa cum Laude, in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Mr. Hunt is a Certified Public Accountant with an active license in the state of Florida.

Mark Frissora

Mr. Mark P. Frissora is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. He became a member of Caesars Entertainment's board of directors in February 2015. Mr. Frissora serves as Caesars Entertainment's Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Frissora has 41 years of business experience that spans all levels of management and functional roles, including Chairman and CEO of two Fortune 500 companies over the last 14 years. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. from July 2006 until September 2014. Prior to joining Hertz in July 2006, Mr. Frissora led Tenneco, Inc., where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from January 2000 to July 2006. He also serves as a director of Delphi Automotive PLC, where he is a member of its nominating and governance committee and chairman of its compensation committee. Mr. Frissora previously served on the boards of directors of Walgreens Boots Alliance, FMC Corporation and NCR Corporation, in addition to Hertz and Tenneco. Mr. Frissora holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and has completed executive development programs at Babson College and the Thunderbird International School of Management. He is a member of the CEO Roundtables of the American Gaming Association and the U.S. Travel Association.

Eric Hession

Mr. Eric A. Hession is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Caesars Entertainment. Over the course of his tenure at Caesars, he has held positions in both property operations and corporate finance. While in operations, Eric led the Planning and Analysis, Revenue Management, Distribution, and Accounting efforts for Caesars 12 Nevada properties. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer where his responsibilities included the leadership of Treasury, Investor Relations, Risk Management and Mergers & Acquisitions. Previous to his employment with Caesars, Eric spent five years with Merck and Company, working in various capacities in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and at their New Jersey corporate headquarters. Eric grew up in Pittsford, Vermont and attended Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. He also holds an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Thomas Jenkin

Mr. Thomas (Tom ) M. Jenkin is Global President of the Company. He became our Global President in May 2013. Prior to his current role, he served as President of Operations from November 2011 to May 2013. He served as Western Division President from January 2004 through November 2011. Jenkin joined the company in 1975 as a fry cook at Harrah's Las Vegas. In 1993, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah's Laughlin, and five years later was named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah's Las Vegas. Jenkin assumed oversight of the Rio and Harrah's Laughlin in 2001 and 2002, respectively, before being named Western Division President in 2004. Jenkin has served two terms as President of the Laughlin, Nevada, Chamber of Commerce and also has served on the executive boards of the United Way of the Colorado River, the Mohave County Airport Authority, the Clark County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Laughlin Tourism Committee. In 1996, he was named Laughlin's Citizen of the Year. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Nevada Resort Association; the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority; the Board of Directors for Las Vegas Events; the Board of Advisors for the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow; and on the Opportunity Village Foundation Board.

Robert Morse

Mr. Robert J. Morse (Bob) is President - Hospitality of the Company. In this role, Bob is responsible for development, implementation and execution of Caesars hospitality strategy throughout the company’s network of resorts. He oversees all initiatives related to hotels, food and beverage, meeting and convention sales, domestic development, design and construction, revenue management, attractions and retail. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment in 2014, Bob served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Americas region of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) PLC. In his prior role, he was responsible for leading Americas’ operations for franchised and managed hotels, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Bob is a 35-year veteran of hospitality, touching almost every area of industry during his career. He joined IHG from Noble Investment Group; a leading lodging and hospitality investment organization, where he formerly served as managing principal and Chief Operating Officer. He began his career in the hospitality industry with ITT Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, where over the course of eight years he rose through the ranks to serve as President of the company’s Franchise Division. Bob has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management from the University of Massachusetts.

Marco Roca

Mr. Marco Roca is President - Global Development and Chief Development Officer of the company. He leads development efforts to expand Caesars’ gaming business and develop hotel opportunities. Immediately prior to joining Caesars, Roca was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Hard Rock International. He has also served in executive leadership and property operations roles with companies including Realogy, Wyndham, Starwood, Marriott and Hilton. Over his career, he has been involved in closing more than 1,500 deals which equates to approximately $50 billion in development expansion. Roca is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Psychology from University of The Americas in Mexico and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organizational Development from the United States International University in Mexico City.

Steven Tight

Mr. Steven M. Tight is President - International Development of the Company. He is responsible for the company's expansion into international markets with branded gaming and non-gaming resorts and other hospitality products. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment in 2011, Tight had over 20 years of experience in large-scale international hospitality and entertainment development in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He spent 17 years with The Walt Disney Company, including executive roles in the development and operations of Disneyland Paris, and leading the successful negotiation of Hong Kong Disneyland where he was appointed Managing Director. Most recently, Tight was CEO of two real estate development companies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, focusing on luxury hospitality and entertainment mixed-use developments. Tight holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Les Ottolenghi

Mr. Les Ottolenghi is Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment in early 2016, Mr. Ottolenghi served as the Global Chief Information & Innovation Officer for Sands Corporation from 2013 through 2015 with a focus on modern, scalable IT network & software infrastructure, and application architectures. Prior to his role at Sands, Mr. Ottolenghi was the Founder & CIO of Plat4M Technologies where he spent five years creating multi-industry software applications including highly scalable SaaS applications and software for the media, travel, and electronics industries. During this time, he created the strategy, business model, and design for TST, the world’s largest retail travel system and developed and licensed over a dozen leading-edge social media engagement tools. Mr. Ottolenghi spent nine years at top travel and hospitality companies Agentware Incorporated, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and Holiday Inn Worldwide developing platforms that revolutionized the industry including the first and most influential search engine for the travel industry. He began his career as an entrepreneur and founded Computer Innovations Corporation right out of college and holds an MBA in Decision Information Analysis from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business where he received the Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship, the highest award granted by the business school. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and has been an adjunct professor and lecturer at the Goizueta School of Business as well as Troy State College.

Timothy Donovan

Mr. Timothy R. Donovan is Executive Vice President and General Counsel and Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer of the Company. He became our Executive Vice President in November 2011, General Counsel in April 2009 and our Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer in January 2011. He served as Senior Vice President from April 2009 to November 2011. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment (then Harrah’s Entertainment), 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. He earlier served as Executive Vice President-Strategy & Business Development and General Counsel of Tenneco, Inc. from July 1999 to March 2007. Donovan was a partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Jenner & Block from 1989 to September 1999. While there, he served as a member of the firm's executive committee and as the chairman of its Corporate and Securities Department. Donovan also is currently a director of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. This publicly traded company is a leading nut and snack food processor based in Elgin, Illinois. Donovan is the chairman of its Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit and Governance Committees.

Mary Thomas

Ms. Mary Helena Thomas is Executive Vice President - Human Resources of the Company. In that capacity, she develops and implements business plans and strategies for all companywide human resources functions, as well as day-to-day human resources operations. Prior to joining the company in 2006, Thomas served in a variety of leadership roles at Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines and during her 17 years with that company, Thomas held HR positions in Europe and Asia. Her most recent role was Senior Vice President of Human Resources – North America. Thomas holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Central England.

Janis Blackhurst

Ms. Janis Jones Blackhurst is Executive Vice President - Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility of the Company. She is a long-time political and business leader who has left an indelible imprint on the lives of millions of people. In 1991, Jan broke the glass ceiling as Las Vegas’ first female mayor. Under Jan’s leadership the city experienced tremendous growth, making her one of the Las Vegas’ most popular mayors to date. She then joined Caesars Entertainment, where she grew the industry’s first Responsible Gaming practices to include an ambassador model for the gaming industry and the first industry code of commitment. Jan is also known and respected for her efforts to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, advancing environmental stewardship, advocating for important social issues and giving millions of dollars to individuals, families, and communities in need. Jan serves on the Board of Directors for the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Global Fairness Initiative. Additionally, she serves on several boards as chairwoman including the Nevada Resort Association, Las Vegas Stadium Authority, and is also a member of the Women's Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has received many recognitions and accolades including the Americanism Award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Woman of Diversity Award for "100 Years of Influence - Women Shaping the First 100 Years of Las Vegas", Outstanding Service in a Land-based Industry from Totally Gaming, PR News CSR Professional of the Year and was named by the Las Vegas Business Press as one of its “Women Who Mean Business.” Jan has been honored by the American Diabetes Association and the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, and named Humanitarian of the Year in 1998 by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2014, she was one of the first women to be inducted into the American Gaming Association (AGA) Gaming Hall of Fame.

Richard Broome

Mr. Richard D. Broome is Executive Vice President - Public Affairs and Communications of the Company. Prior to joining Caesars Entertainment in early 2016, Mr. Broome managed Hertz Holdings global government relations and communications areas from 2000-2015. Previously, Mr. Broome has led internal and external communications initiatives supporting business transformations, acquisitions, crises, major ownership changes, private equity, multi-brand integration and employee engagement programs.

Christian Stuart

Mr. Christian Stuart is Executive Vice President - Gaming and Interactive Entertainment of the Company. He also serves as Senior Vice President and the Chief of Staff to Company President and CEO Mark P. Frissora, a role in which he has served since June 2015. Prior to his current roles, he served 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. Lastly, Mr. Stuart began his career with the Company in an analytical capacity in 2005 at Harrah’s New Orleans.

Chris Holdren

Mr. Chris Holdren has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer of the Company effective from Nov 1st, 2017. Mr. Holdren brings to Caesars more than two decades of diverse marketing experience, including, most recently, serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Handy, a high-growth technology startup. Prior to Handy, Mr. Holdren spent more than 15 years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide where he helped drive the company's substantial growth and oversaw the company's award-winning loyalty and digital programs, insights and analytics, digital experiences and innovative partnerships. He previously held roles at The Walt Disney Company where he directed the creation of unique digital experiences for their properties, and Saban Entertainment where he also produced interactive content and had additional marketing responsibilities.

Thomas Benninger

Mr. Thomas M. Benninger is Director of the company. He 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. Mr. Benninger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. He was a Certified Public Accountant in California.

John Boushy

Mr. John M. Boushy is Director of the company. He has 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 CEO of Ameristar Casinos, Inc. from 2006 to 2008, Mr. Boushy served in various senior roles at The Promus Companies and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., Caesars Entertainment's predecessor companies. Mr. Boushy currently serves on the board of directors of ReelMetrics Holding B.V., previously served on the boards of directors of C2Rewards, Inc., City of Hope, and Ameristar Casinos, Inc. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from North Carolina State University and a Master's degree from North Carolina State University.

John Dionne

Mr. John D. Dionne is Director of the company. He 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 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 holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Matthew Ferko

Mr. Matthew Ferko is Director of the company. He 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 Chi Energy. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Ferko was a Director at ING Barings. Mr. Ferko earned his M.B.A. from New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Donald Kornstein

Mr. Donald R. Kornstein is Director of the company. He 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 CAC from January 2014 until the merger with Caesars Entertainment. 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 earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Richard Schifter

Mr. Richard Schifter is Director of the Company. He became a member of Caesars Entertainment's board of directors in May 2017. Mr. Schifter is a senior advisor at TPG. He 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. He 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. and American Airlines Group and on the board of overseers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mr. Schifter is also a member of the board of directors of Youth, I.N.C. (Improving Non-Profits for Children). Mr. Schifter received a B.A. with distinction from George Washington University and a law degree, cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1978.

Marilyn Spiegel

Ms. Marilyn Winn Spiegel is Director of the company. She has over twenty years of experience in human resources and operations at Harrah's Entertainment. She served as President of Wynn Las Vegas & Encore from December 2010 through February 2013; President of five Caesars Las Vegas Strip properties from January 2004 through November 2010; Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Harrah's Entertainment from June 1999 through December 2003; and General Manager of Harrah's Shreveport from August 1997 through June 1999. She currently serves on the boards of directors of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, and Nicholas & Co. Ms. Spiegel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and a Master of Education degree from the University of Utah.

David Sambur

Mr. David B. Sambur is Independent Director of the Company. He became a member of Caesars Entertainment's board of directors in November 2010. Mr. Sambur is a Senior Partner of Apollo, having joined in 2004. Mr. Sambur has experience in financing, analyzing, investing in and/or advising public and private companies and their boards of directors. 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 of AP Gaming Holdco, Inc., CareerBuilder, ClubCorp, Coinstar, LLC, Diamond Resorts International Inc., Rackspace Inc., EcoATM, LLC and Redbox Automated Retail, LLC. Mr. Sambur previously served on the boards of directors of Hexion Holdings, LLC, Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. and Verso Paper Corporation. Mr. Sambur is also a member of the Mount Sinai Department of Medicine Advisory Board. Mr. Sambur graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a bachelor's degree in economics.

Christopher Williams

Mr. Christopher J. Williams is Independent Director of the Company. He became a member of Caesars Entertainment's board of directors in April 2008. Mr. Williams has been Chairman of the board of directors 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 Cox Enterprises, Inc., The Clorox Company, and Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Mr. Williams also serves on the board of directors of 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 holds a bachelor's degree from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.