Harper, Lanni leave Magna board

Aug 20, 2002 8:44 AM

Two members of the board of directors of Magna Entertainment Corp. (MIEC), the company formed by Canadian Industrialist Frank Stronach to operate racetracks across North America in a network of simulcasting facilities, have resigned.

Joe Harper, president and CEO of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, resigned on Aug. 7 while Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG), made his resignation effective Aug. 31.

Both executives cited the need to spend more time concentrating on their individual responsibilities with their respective companies as the primary reason for their resignations.

A company statement indicated that replacements for the two directors will be taken up at the board’s October meeting.

John Gamer, formerly with Paul-Son Gaming, has joined Mikohn Gaming Inc. (MIKN) as executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joins Russ McMeekin, former COO who has assumed the duties of CEO as Dave Thompson has relinquished those duties but will remain as chairman of the board.

Don Barden’s Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas has a new vice president and general manager. He is Mike Darley, an experienced casino executive with previous stints with Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET) and the Trump organization.

Jim Murren, president and CFO of MGM MIRAGE Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the Gaming and Technology Conference scheduled for Atlantic City on Nov. 14.

World Gaming plc of England has appointed Simon Coulthard as the company’s group finance director effective on Sept. 2. He previously was with Wembley New Media Services, a division of Wembley Plc, operator of a pair of greyhound race tracks in the U.S.