David D. Johnson, who throughout his career established himself as an expert in gaming administration and the regulations that govern the activity, has joined International Game Technology (IGT) in an executive capacity.
According to an announcement by IGT president and CEO T.J. Matthews, Johnson joins the company as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. The appointment became effective on Dec. 22.
Johnson served as chief legal counsel to the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Nevada State Gaming Control Board while acting as chief deputy attorney general. He later became a partner with the law firm of Schreck, Jones, Bernhard, Woloson & Goldfrey during the years when the firm was recognized for providing legal assistance to some of the industry’s biggest names, both corporate and individual.
More recently, Johnson was general counsel to Anchor Gaming and prior to that was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Alliance Gaming Corporation (ALLY).
In announcing the appointment, Matthews remarked, "The scope of Dave’s experience in our industry is unparalleled and we’re delighted to welcome him as IGT’s general counsel. I know he will be a great addition as we move forward."
At Mikohn Gaming Corporation (MIKN), the company announced that Denny Garcia, a member of the executive team since 1993, will retire at the end of the calendar year.
Garcia joined Mikohn following the merger of his companies, Casino Signs North and A & D Sign Manufacturing with Mikohn.
Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. (ISLE) has announced the promotion of Marion Phoenix to vice president and general manager of the company’s property in Lula, Miss.
Phoenix, who joined the Isle of Capri in 2001 as director of operations for the Isle-Lula, has 23 years experience in the gaming and hospitality industry. He has held position with Caesars, Harrah’s and Merv Griffin’s Resort, all in Atlantic City, as well as with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) has announced that they had established Atique Shah to lead and implement a customer relationship management initiative throughout the organization.
As vice president of customer relationship management and technology solutions, Shah will create a business and technology foundation that will enable Churchill to better identify, service and market to its customers.
Most recently, Shah was with the National Basketball Association where he had implemented a league-wide customer-service system.
Lakes Entertainment Inc. (LACO) announced that Ray Moberg of Reno, Nev., has joined the company’s board of directors. Moberg recently retired as a partner of Ernst & Young, a "Big 4" accounting firm.