Wynn Resorts Ltd, a casino operator based in the United States, has hired Ellen Whittemore for two roles within the company. Ms. Whittemore has been named the company’s new general counsel as well as the executive vice president.

Seasoned Attorney: 

Connected to the Las Vegas law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, Ms. Whittemore has vast experience in regulatory practice as well as gaming law. According to information gathered by GGRAsia, she has represented several large gaming companies involving entertainment tax issues, disciplinary and licensing legalities as well, going before the Nevada Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board.

A statement by Wynn Resorts revealed…

that Ms Whittemore’s new roles within the company took effect earlier this month, on the 16th, one day after Kim Sinatra had stepped down from the role as the firm’s corporate secretary, general counsel and vice president. Ms. Sinatra had been with the company since 2004 and held several titles during her years there. No reason has been given for her exit.

Board Shakeup: 

The board of Wynn Resorts has changed quite a bit over the past few months as the company has dealt with the sexual harassment allegations faced by the founder of the company, Steve Wynn. Mr. Wynn resigned in February due to the allegations and so far, as much as 60% of the directors on the board have now left the company.

As members are leaving, new individuals are coming in. Soon after Ms. Sinatra’s departure, it was announced that Erik Hansen would be working with the company, taking on a new role as Chief Sustainability Officer. This appointment was made just a short time after three new directors were added to the board in April.