Don Marrandino last month was named president of Harrah’s Eastern Division, which includes the company’s
all-important Atlantic City casinos and its Chester racino, following the announcement of the retirement of Carlos Tolosa, who had been with the company since its days as the Holiday Inns.
Marrandino returns to his roots. He left Harrah’s Atlantic City in 1989 to join the Rio in Las Vegas, where he was responsible for setting up the nightclub scene in that seminal property. He moved on to Station Casinos, the Hard Rock Hotel, Wynn Las Vegas, and most recently the Flamingo, Harrah’s Las Vegas, O’Shea’s, the
Imperial Palace and Bills Gambling Hall.
The shakeup brings Rick Mazer, a longtime Harrah’s executive, to Las Vegas to take Marrandino’s position. Dan Nita, previously in charge of Harrah’s AC properties, will assume Mazer’s old job as general manager of Harrah’s
Hammond in northern Indiana, and will presumably also oversee the company’s Midwest riverboats
in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.
Tolosa will stay on until the end of the year, assisting Marrandino with the transition and working with Harrah’s Chairman Gary Loveman on “strategic initiatives.”