US tribal casino Foxwoods has named John J. James as its new President and CEO, his appointment coming 12 months after the sudden death of his predecessor Felix Rappaport.
James, currently COO of Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in California, will take the helm at Foxwoods, located in Connecticut, on 12 August.
“Over the past decade, Foxwoods transformed the traditional gaming model through a relentless pursuit of guest-first experiences resulting in the only true all-encompassing resort destination,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler. “With his proven track record for innovation, John is the right leader to continue that commitment to our guests, fulfill our vision and ignite our passion for delivering a resort that excites and surprises. John perfectly represents our team’s values and beliefs, and we are ready to drive the future of Foxwoods together.”
Foxwoods has previously indicated an interest in bidding for a regional Japan IR license, with Rappaport explaining his Japan vision to Inside Asian Gaming at the 2018 Japan Gaming Congress. However, the company’s Japan activity has quietened since his passing just a month later in June 2018.