Planet Hollywood names new president

Casino industry veteran Thomas McCartney has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Planet Hollywood Resort, the Strip property announced this morning.

McCartney replaces Mike Mecca, who had held the position since a joint venture led by restaurateur Robert Earl was formed in March 2003 to buy the old Aladdin.

McCartney spent the past 12 years with MGM Mirage, most recently as senior vice president of marketing and development at the Luxor.  He also opened New York-New York.

McCartney takes over a property that experienced a 16.1 percent revenue surge in the first nine months of 2008, aided by a rebranding of the resort unveiled in November 2007.

No information was available on why Mecca left the property.

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