Caesars Entertainment leadership changes announced

Caesars Entertainment Corp. shuffled its upper management Monday, appointing former Las Vegas Sands Corp. Tom Arasi as president of hospitality.

In addition, longtime Caesars executives Tom Jenkin and John Payne were given new positions. Jenkin will become global president of destination markets, and Payne was promoted to president of central markets and partnership development.

Arasi will be responsible for the company’s efforts related to food and beverage, hotels, nightclubs and nightlife, pools and spas in Las Vegas.

Initially, he will oversee the upgrades taking place at Caesars properties along the east side of the Strip, including The Linq development, the renovation of The Quad and the creation of the Gansevoort Las Vegas in the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall.

In his new role, Jenkin will oversee operations across the company’s largest markets including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Northern Nevada, Laughlin, and Hammond, Ind., near Chicago. Jenkin will continue to have operational oversight of Harrah’s Ak-Chin near Phoenix, Harrah’s Rincon near San Diego, and the company’s international properties.

Payne will have operational responsibility for the company’s properties in Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Mississippi, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Louisiana. Payne will also oversee Caesars’ development efforts in Maryland and Massachusetts.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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