Foxwoods taps O’Brien as Sherlock’s successor

Jun 6, 2006 5:14 AM

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation announced last week that John A. O’Brien will succeed William Sherlock as president of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

O’Brien will replace Sherlock, who announced in March he was retiring after nine years with Foxwoods. O’Brien is the current executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of Foxwoods, a post he’s held for nine years.

"First, our thanks to Bill for his long and dedicated service to the Tribal community," Tribal Chairman Michael J. Thomas said. "We look forward to Bill’s next role supporting our many economic diversification efforts.

"John, as reflected in our unanimous Tribal Council action, has earned this opportunity to take us into an exciting future that includes a new casino next-door to Foxwoods, and the completion of the destination resort that our Council has been pursuing for more than two decades."

Prior to joining the Foxwoods management team, O’Brien spent 12½ years with Hilton Hotels Corporation, where he held several key management positions, including vice president of International Hotel Operations and president and chief executive officer of its Windsor Property in Ontario, Canada.

"I am excited and honored to be selected as Bill’s successor and to continue to move Foxwoods forward for the benefit of our employees, our customers and the Tribe," O’Brien said. "Following Bill will be a difficult task, as he did a fantastic job at Foxwoods. I look forward to working with Bill during this transitional period, and with the rest of the team to make Foxwoods the No. 1 property in Connecticut."