On June 9, the Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the Venetian Expo announced that George Markantonis is leaving his role as president and CEO to be replaced by Patrick Nichols, the former general manager and chief strategy officer of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Markantonis is known throughout the industry for his approachable and welcoming style with all team members. Under Markantonis’ leadership, the Venetian Resort had five record-breaking years. When the pandemic hit, followed by the death of Venetian founder Sheldon Adelson and the sale of the resort, his ongoing communication with employees and characteristic optimism helped steer the operation through a uniquely difficult period.
As chief strategy officer at the Cosmopolitan, Nichols led development, construction, retail and entertainment operations, financial planning and analysis, and new business development. Prior to serving as CSO, Nichols held a number of operational and strategic planning roles of increasing responsibility.