aesars Entertainment Corp announced Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that longtime Caesars executive and former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones Blackhurst.
Richard Schifter resigned as a director Thursday and the board voted that day to appoint Blackhurst to fill the vacancy, Las Vegas-Review Journal reports.
Blackhurst, who served as mayor from 1991 to 1999 and was the first woman to hold that office, has been an executive with Caesars since 1999. She will continue in her role as executive vice president, public policy and corporate responsibility until Oct. 1.
In her role with the company, Blackhurst has spearheaded Caesars efforts to develop international properties, including the company’s bid to build an integrated resort in Japan.
Caesars, on the brink of being acquired by Reno-based Eldorado Resorts for $17.3 billion, announced Aug. 29 that it would no longer pursue efforts in Japan. Blackhurst also headed Caesars’ plan to develop resorts in Greece and Brazil.
Caesars officials gave no reason for Schifter’s sudden departure, but said in the filing that "there were no disagreements between Mr. Schifter and the company that caused or contributed to his decision."
He was a director since May 2017, serving on the board’s Compensation & Management Development Committee and chairing the Governance & Corporate Responsibility Committee. He was last elected to a one-year term on the board earlier this year.
Schifter is a senior advisor at TPG Capital, L.P. and a partner at TPG from 1994 through 2013. Prior to joining TPG, Schifter was a partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in Washington D.C., where he specialized in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring.
He joined Arnold & Porter in 1979 and was a partner from 1986 through 1994.