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Churchill Downs exec resigns to head Equestrian Federation

Oct 7, 2003 6:49 AM

John R. Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) for the past four years, has resigned to accept the leadership of the United States Equestrian Federation.

No replacement for Long was immediately announced by Churchill President and CEO Tom Meeker. However, Meeker said both internal and external candidates for the position will be considered and a selection is expected to be made in short order.

Long, who spent several years with the Ladbroke organization heading their various operations in the U.S. before donning Churchill Downs pinstripes, will assume the newly-created position of chief executive officer for the U.S.E.F. on Dec. 1. The new equestrian organization was formed by combining the U.S. Equestrian Team and the USA Equestrian, the organizations that manage, coordinate and provide oversight for prestigious national and international equestrian sport competitions, including the Olympics and the World Championships.

At Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE), the company announced promotions of two of its executive staff members. They are Eddie Llambias and Jeff King.

Llambias, a 20 year veteran of the casino and hospitality industry, has been named vice president and general manager of the Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort, a Freeport, Grand Bahama, property for which the company recently received a license to operate.

A native of the United Kingdom, Llambias joined the company in 2000 as senior director of operations for the Isle of Capri-Bossier City in Louisiana.

King has been named vice president and general manager of the company’s riverboat casino in Lake Charles, La. While with the company, he has held positions at their properties in Boonville, Mo., and Lula, Miss. Before joining Isle of Capri, he was senior vice president and general manager of Harrah’s Hotel & Casino in Vicksburg, Miss., and before that, general manager of the Grand Casino in Coushatta, La.

At Kerzner International Limited (KZL), the company has appointed a new leadership team for its recently launched One&Only Resorts, its luxury resort brand.

Named to head the team was J.T. Kuhlman, the new chief executive officer who joins the company from Continental/Crowne Plaza, a subsidiary of Bass Hotels & Resort Inc., a firm that he headed as president.

Assisting Kuhlman will be Paul Jones as chief operating officer. He has been with the company for some three decades after having served as COO, International Division of Kerzner International.

Also signing on is Helen McCabe-Young, the new senior vice president of marketing. She previously was in charge of worldwide brand development for Silversea Cruises.

In announcing the appointments, Butch Kerzner, president of KZL, said, "J.T. and team will play a crucial role in maintaining and building on the superior quality product of our results and to ensure that One&Only becomes the finest luxury resort company in the world."