he appointment is effective April 1, subject to the satisfaction of regulatory approvals, and follows the previously announced March 31, 2011 departure of current Pinnacle CFO, Stephen H. Capp. Mr. Ruisanchez reports to Pinnacle Entertainment's President and CEO, Anthony Sanfilippo.
In his expanded role, Ruisanchez will be responsible for managing the financial and administrative functions of the finance department including management of the capital structure, strategic financial planning, accounting, strategic sourcing, bank and financial community relationships, internal and SEC reporting, and internal and industry analysis to support the Company's goals for growth and profitability. He will also continue to oversee the Company's overall strategy and development activities, as well as its business and gaming analytics efforts.
Prior to joining Pinnacle in 2008, Ruisanchez was Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co., where he was responsible for corporate clients in the gaming, lodging and leisure industries and financial sponsor banking relationships. Ruisanchez joined Bear Stearns' investment banking department in 1997 as an associate. Prior to joining Bear Stearns, Ruisanchez was a financial analyst for Aetna Health Plans.
He holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and international business from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Sanfilippo commented, "Carlos brings relevant gaming industry and capital markets knowledge and experience to the role of CEO. This appointment is consistent with our initiative to align our senior management and operating teams and their collective skills, relationships and backgrounds with the Company's focus on operational excellence and thoughtful growth. During his tenure at Pinnacle, he has led our development efforts, including River City, our Baton Rouge casino and hotel currently under construction and the recent acquisition of River Downs Racetrack, while working closely with Pinnacle's finance department.”
“At the same time, he developed a suite of new casino analytics with the operations team to support our goal of driving improved returns from our property portfolio. Carlos has a terrific mix of leadership and business capabilities that will serve our organization and shareholders well as we continue to move Pinnacle Entertainment forward," he concluded.