The largest Indian casinos in the United States, Connecticut archrivals Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, are each getting new leadership as 2015 begins.
Last month Mitchell Etess, who has worked at the Mohegan Sun for nearly two decades, announced plans to retire in 2015 as chief executive officer of the Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority. He will remain for the transition to a new CEO. A successor is expected to be on board by early spring.
Meanwhile, Foxwoods Casino Resort brought on a new chief executive officer and president, Felix Rappaport, who promises to diversify the company’s holdings, including revenue from activities other than gaming. The new CEO told the Hartford Courant that the resort’s huge size is one of its advantages. He added, “All brands have lifecycles, and the reality is, I’m a very optimistic person. I think with all the challenges in today’s market, and the competition, Foxwoods can move in a positive direction again.”