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 post.
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 good."
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.