Industry Update
Appointment18 July 2019

John James

Named President and CEO
At Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket - CT, USA

John James

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council announces tribal gaming executive John J. James has been named the new President and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. James currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for Morongo Casino Resort & Spa located in Cabazon, California and will be taking the helm at Foxwoods beginning August 12.

James succeeds Felix D. Rappaport, whose untimely death in June of 2018 led to Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler taking over as the resort's interim CEO shortly thereafter. With over 25 years of highly successful Native American gaming resort operations experience, James is uniquely positioned to lead Foxwoods into its next evolution as the premier entertainment destination in the Northeast. His expertise and vision will help build on Foxwoods' solid foundation and maximize the tremendous growth opportunities that lie ahead.

James' deep expertise across key business units including finance, innovative marketing and award-winning design and development allows him to take a "whole-brained" approach to growth and profitability.

Prior to joining Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, James was Chief Executive Officer for Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. where he led the tribe's three casinos in achieving the highest recorded earnings in the State of Arizona. He also held chief executive roles at Seminole Gaming, Inc. and Pechanga Resort and Casino. Additionally, James served as a Vice President and General Manager for various successful Station Casinos properties in Las Vegas.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, James attended the University of Nevada where he graduated from the accounting program. As he assumes his new role at Foxwoods, he and his wife Giselle will be relocating to Mystic, Connecticut.

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Suzanne Trout - Chief Marketing Officer

28 June 2018 — Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the premier resort destination in the Northeast, today announced that Suzanne Trout has been hired as Chief Marketing Officer. Trout brings over 20 years of results-driven integrated marketing experience to the role, where she will be tasked with growing market share and overseeing all marketing and communications.
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Jesse Luis - Vice President Of Development

5 January 2018 — Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the premier resort destination in the Northeast, today announced that Jesse Luis has joined the team as Vice President of Development. Luis brings over two decades of experience in real estate and hospitality growth initiatives to the resort.
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Christina Clifton - Vice President of Food and Beverage

25 August 2017 — Foxwoods® Resort Casino, the premier resort destination in the Northeast, today announced that Christina Clifton has joined the team as Vice President of Food and Beverage. Clifton brings over two decades of culinary expertise in the luxury hotel and casino industries to the resort.
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