PPE promotes DeLury to general counsel

Feb 4, 2003 9:45 AM

Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE) continued to realign its executive team over the weekend with the announcement that Kim Sinatra had resigned her position of senior vice president and general counsel and was being replaced by Bernard DeLury.

The announcement came shortly after another resignation was noted. That was the word out of Caesars Palace that its president, John Groom, also was stepping down.

Both Sinatra and Groom assumed their positions under Tom Gallagher who also resigned last year after two years on the job as PPE president and CEO, succeeding the late Arthur Goldberg.

DeLury, who joined PPE’s predecessor Bally’s Entertainment Corp. in 1990, most recently was vice president and deputy general counsel. He is expected to split his time between Atlantic City and Las Vegas.

Three executive positions have been filled at Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower, and the other two Carl Icahn properties, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder.

Rob Kosier is the new executive director of informational technology; Michael Essig is the new informational technology director reporting to Kosier, and Sandra Leonard has taken the post of director of project development.

Kosier, an eight-year veteran of service with the U.S. Air Force, has held positions with both Station Casinos Inc. and the Hard Rock Hotel. Essig also worked at Station Casinos Inc. and also the Rio Suites Hotel/Casino. Leonard held positions with Aristocrat Technologies Inc., Casino Data Systems, Mirage Resorts Group and the Clark County School District before joining the Stratosphere team.

Thomas J. Carr has been promoted to senior vice president of operations by Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE). He fills the position being vacated by Tim Hinkley who will move up to president of the company upon the July retirement of John Gallaway.

Hard Rock Café International, a subsidiary of The Rank Group of England, says its president and CEO Pete Beaudrault has resigned abruptly. A successor has not been named but Mike Smith, CEO of The Rank Group, plans to assume a more direct involvement for the management of the company until a successor to Beaudrault is named.