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Nevada Gaming Chairwoman Resigns

Nevada Gaming Chairwoman Resigns

Sandra Douglass Morgan was appointed chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board two years ago when Steve Sisolak was elected governor. She was the first African American to lead the board and the second woman, following Becky Harris. Last month, she resigned to join Fidelity National Financial, a company controlled by the owner of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League, Bill Foley.

Morgan’s short reign at the board was noteworthy, however, overseeing the purchases of Caesars Entertainment by Eldorado Resorts and also navigating the Covid-19 crisis, which shut down Nevada casinos for the first time in history.

At Fidelity, she will chair a litigation committee of the board, and is expected to lead the charge against a suit filed against Foley and Fidelity when the company bought a life insurance company, FGL Holdings, which Foley also controlled, in a $2.7 billion deal. Morgan’s term runs through 2021.

Sisolak praised Morgan’s time on the board.

“Her steady hand and unmatched leadership has been critical in guiding Nevada’s gaming industry through one of the most turbulent periods in its history,” Sisolak said. “She will be greatly missed, but her leadership and ability to put together a talented team has left the state in a great position to fill the role with another accomplished individual.”