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Park Place Entertainment taps Laforet to run Windsor Casino

Jun 24, 2003 6:34 AM

Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE) went no further than within its own ranks to name a new leader for Windsor Casino Limited, the casino it operates in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Kevin Laforet, who worked as chief operating officer under president and CEO Bobby Yee, has been tapped to replace his former boss who is moving to Las Vegas to run both the Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas casino resorts.

Laforet, according to the company, has been an "influential member of the Windsor executive team for nearly a decade." A native of Windsor and a graduate of the University of Windsor with a business degree, he joined the company as financial controller and later was promoted to vice president and chief financial officer. In 1988 he became executive vice president and two year’s later was promoted to the post of chief operating officer.

"Because he’s been with Casino Windsor from the beginning," said Park Place Entertainment President and CEO Wally Barr, "Kevin is intimately familiar with the Windsor operation and the Detroit-Windsor regional market."

Casino Windsor competes in the Detroit, Mich., market area with three American casinos, Greektown, MotorCity and MGM Detroit.

Philip Parenti has resigned his post as executive director of the Illinois Gaming Board, to join Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (HET). Parenti said his move would not violate the state’s code prohibiting members from working for a riverboat licensee within a year of leaving the board because he "will not be involved in Harrah’s efforts to expand or acquire additional riverboat licenses in Illinois should they become available."

State officials wasted no time in appointing a replacement for Parenti. She is Jeannette P. Tamayo who had been serving as the deputy chief legal counsel for the Illinois Gaming Board.

And at Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN), veteran Atlantic City gaming executive Leonard M. DeAngelo was named executive vice president of operations, a new position recently created by Chairman and CEO Peter Carlino.

DeAngelo recently resigned as president of the Atlantic City Hilton, a property operated by Park Place Entertainment Corp. (PPE).

In his new position, DeAngelo will report directly to Kevin DeSanctis, president and chief operating officer of Penn National.

Four directors were elected by the shareholders of Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) at the company’s recent annual meeting. They are: Leonard S. Coleman Jr., G. Watts Humphrey Jr., Craig J. Duchossois, and Dennis D. Swanson.