Tom Baker, who for five years has been working very closely with
International Game Technology (IGT) Chairman and CEO Chuck Mathewson as company COO, has
been promoted to chief executive officer.
Mathewson, who will remain as chairman, said he was “pleased that
Tom has agreed to take on the position of CEO in addition to his current duties.
Tom has led the company to its most profitable year ever and worked
diligently to establish the strong management team that is in place.”
In addition to his other duties, Baker has carried the responsibilities
of chief financial officer while the company continues its search for someone to fill that
Baker said he felt it is “an honor to accept the title of CEO and,
besides that, it’s business as usual at IGT, and business right now is very
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at noon at Palm Mortuary,
7600 S. Eastern, for the late Bruce Banke, well-known Las Vegas publicist, who died
Saturday of a liver ailment.
Banke, a former newspaperman, headed the publicity office at Las Vegas
Hilton for many years and worked with such superstars as Barbara Streisand, Kenney Rogers,
Tina Turner, and particularly, Elvis Presley.
Tom Gallagher, who recently replaced the late Arthur Goldberg as
president and CEO of Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE), has been elected to a one-year
term on the board of director for the American Gaming Association. He joins directors Phil
Satre of Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET), Glenn Shaeffer of Mandalay Resort Group
(MBG), Chuck Mathewson of IGT, Bill Boyd of Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD), Donald Carano
of Eldorado Hotel & Casino, R.D. Hubbard of Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK), Sol Kerzner
of Sun International (SIH), Terry Lanni of MGM MIRAGE (MGG), Bill Newby of Bank of
America, Larry Ruvo of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, Dave Thompson of Mikohn
Gaming Corp., and Steve Wynn of Valvino Lamore, LLC.
Keith Williams has been promoted to vice president of casino operations
at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower.
Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET) has named Pat Dennehy as general
manager of Harrah’s Cherokee in western North Carolina.
Host Communications Inc. of Lexington, Ky., has been signed as the
marketing group for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Host markets the NCAA,
the Southeast Conference, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, the American Bicycle
Association, and a number of other sports entities
Scott Wiegand has been appointed senior vice president and general
counsel of PurchasePro.com.
Looking to reorganize his organization, Joe DeFrancis, CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club,
has named Lou Raffeto Jr. as its chief operating officer. Raffeto will have complete
charge of all aspects of existing operations and will report directly to DeFrancis.