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Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment hands strategic development role to Parker

| By Robert Fletcher
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) has appointed experienced gambling executive Nelson Parker as its new senior vice-president for strategic development.

In his new role, Parker will be responsible for identifying, assessing and executing growth opportunities and strategic new venture projects for the business.

Reporting directly to senior vice-president and chief financial officer Carol Anderson, Parker will initiate and vet growth opportunities, as well as collaborate with all functional areas to complete implementation.

Parker joins MGE from hotel investment business Driftwood Capital, where he spent over three years as managing director.

Prior to this, Parker was senior vice-president of corporate development at Penn National Gaming, while he also spent seven years as senior vice-president for hotel and casino development at Hard Rock International.

Parker’s other roles included vice-president of development for Foxwoods Resort Casino and corporate director development at the Argosy Gaming Company.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nelson Parker to our executive team to lead the development of key projects and strategic partnerships,” Anderson said. “With over 25 years of experience driving growth strategies in both gaming and non-gaming corporations, Nelson’s expertise in omnichannel global gaming markets, Native American gaming, lodging and hospitality will contribute to MGE’s continued success.”

The appointment comes after MGE last week also appointed Raymond Lin as its new chief legal officer.

Lin will be responsible for advising executive management on legal matters over a range of commercial transactions, regulatory issues, international and domestic policy-making decisions and formulating business, operational and legal strategies.

Lin will also lead the legal, compliance and risk management teams to ensure all current, future and strategic matters support the best interest of MGE and the Mohegan Tribe.

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