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Switkowski Named Crown Chairman; McCann, CEO

Switkowski Named Crown Chairman; McCann, CEO

With the survival of the company still in doubt, Crown Resorts last month named experienced executive Ziggy Switkowski (l.) as chairman, replacing Helen Coonan. Crown has endured multiple investigations into its operations over the past year, and the most recent one, in the Australian state of Victoria, its home base, claimed Coonan’s role. She was seen as being “not credible” by regulators as an element for change within the company.

Switkowski, meanwhile, has a long list of leadership roles in Australian companies, including having been the CEO of both Telstra and Optus, and is currently a director of the NBN Co. He’s also a chancellor at RMIT University and a nuclear scientist. He also has gambling experience, having served as a director for Tabcorp.

The governments of Victoria and West Australia are currently conducting investigations into whether Crown is suitable to hold casino licenses in Melbourne and Perth.

Meanwhile, Crown has appointed Steve McCann (l.) as chief executive of Crown Melbourne, replacing Xavier Walsh. Walsh left on August 20 after a royal commission into Crown Melbourne found he failed to address systemic issues related to money laundering, responsible gambling, tax payments and compliance.

McCann, onetime head of Lendlease, joined Crown in June, part of the scandal-plagued company’s attempt to restore its credibility and keep its licenses.