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Juliano Leaving Trump; Griffin Named CEO

Juliano Leaving Trump; Griffin Named CEO

Trump Entertainment Resorts announced that Mark Juliano, the company’s CEO and board member since 2007 who has guided the operator through reorganization, property sale negotiations and renovation projects, is leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities.”

Robert F. Griffin, a 30-year gaming veteran who until now has been CEO of MTR Gaming Group, which owns racetrack and racino properties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, will replace Juliano as CEO. Griffin was senior vice president of operations at Isle of Capri Casinos from 2004 to 2008.

This will be Griffin’s second tour with the Trump casinos in Atlantic City; he held senior management positions at Trump Marina from 1992 to 1998.

Juliano will serve as interim CEO during a transition period until Griffin joins the company in late October or November, pending regulatory approvals.

“Trump Entertainment Resorts has a great brand and strong properties, with many promising business opportunities,” Griffin said in a statement. “The company has a solid platform for future growth and profitability, and I am very excited to be joining as CEO.”

Juliano also will be replaced as president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, a post he accepted only months ago. The association likely will discuss choosing a replacement at its board meeting this month. Meanwhile, Borgata General Counsel Joseph Corbo, who is vice president of the association and formerly was its president, will serve as interim president of CANJ under the organization’s bylaws.

Also joining Trump, as chief financial officer is David Hughes, MTR’s former COO. Hughes has been with MTR for more than 10 years, guiding the company through expansion and difficult competitive times.