Gary Loveman joined Caesars Entertainment Corporation as Chief Operating Officer in 1998, after serving as an associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. He drew on his background in service-management to develop the gaming industry’s most successful loyalty and analytics program, Total Rewards, which boasts more than 40 million members.
Since being named CEO in January 2003, Loveman has presided over a period of growth that included the 2004 purchase of Horseshoe Gaming and the World Series of Poker and the 2005 acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. In January 2008, Caesars went private in a $30.7 billion transaction led by private equity firms TPG Capital and Apollo. In the wake of the recent financial crisis, Loveman has led Caesars’ successful debt reduction and liquidity improvement strategies, while also adding Planet Hollywood and social games leader Playtika to the Company’s portfolio. Loveman was recognized as the gaming and lodging industry’s best CEO by Institutional Investor magazine for four consecutive years.
Loveman is the past chairman of the American Gaming Association. He is a member of the President’s Export Council and serves as Chairman of the Business Roundtable’s Committee on Health and Retirement. He also serves as a director of Coach, Inc. and FedEx Corporation and sits on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Visiting Committee of the Department of Economics at M.I.T. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T., where he was an Alfred Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.
Kelvin Davis became a member of our board of directors in January 2008. He is the Founder and Co-Head of TPG Real Estate. He has been a Partner at TPG based in San Francisco since 2000 and is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Davis led TPG’s North American Buyouts Group, encompassing investments in all non-technology industry sectors. Prior to joining TPG in 2000, Mr. Davis was President and Chief Operating Officer of Colony Capital, LLC, a private international real estate investment firm, based in Los Angeles, which he co-founded in 1991. Prior to the formation of Colony Capital, LLC, Mr. Davis was a principal of RMB Realty, Inc. the real estate investment vehicle of Robert M. Bass. Prior to his affiliation with RMB Realty, Inc., he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and with Trammell Crow Company in Dallas and Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Davis currently serves on the boards of directors of Northwest Investments, LLC (ST Residential), Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc., Univision Communications, Inc., Catellus Development Corporation, Taylor Morrison Home Corporation (NYSE:TMHC), Parkway Properties, Inc. (NYSE:PKY), AV Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVHI) and Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. He is also a long-time director (and past Chairman) of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, Inc. (a charitable mentoring organization), serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, is a trustee of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and is on the Board of Overseers of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. He is a member of the Company’s Human Resources Committee, the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Due to Mr. Davis’ experience and wealth of knowledge regarding investments, including real-estate related investments, he provides the Board with valuable knowledge and insight into investment related matters as well as business strategy relevant to the Company.
Fred Kleisner became a member of our board in July 2013. Mr. Kleisner has been Senior Advisor of Morgans Hotel Group Co. since 2006, served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hard Rock Hotel Holdings LLC from December 2007 through March 2011 and also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Morgans Hotel Group Co. from September 2007 through April 2011. He has also served in management positions with Rex Advisors, LLC, Wyndham International, Inc., and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Westin Hotels and Resorts, Interstate Hotels Company, The Sheraton Corporation, and Hilton Hotels, Corp. Mr. Kleisner currently serves as a director of Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, Inc., Playtime, LLC, the Museum of Arts & Design, NYC, as member of the Board of Managers of Ambridge Hospitality, and on the Advisory Council of Michigan State University’s Broad School of Business, Hospitality Business/Real Estate Investment Management Program. He previously served on the board of directors of Hard Rock Holdings, LLC, as a Trustee/Director for the Culinary Institute of America, and as a Trustee of National Outdoor Leadership School. Mr. Kleisner serves as a member of the Company’s Audit Committee and was elected as a member of our Board because our Board concluded that Mr. Kleisner’s extensive experience in the management and operation of the companies in the hospitality and entertainment industry enable him to provide the Board with a wealth of knowledge regarding operational issues facing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industry and a business strategy essential to guiding the Company’s strategy.
Marc Rowan became a member of our board of directors in January 2008. Mr. Rowan is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager focused on contrarian and value oriented investments across private equity, credit-oriented capital markets and real estate, a position he has held since 1990. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, Athene Holding Ltd., Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc., and Caesars Acquisition Company. He has previously served on the boards of directors of AMC Entertainment, Inc., Beats Music, LLC (until its acquisition by Apple Inc.), CableCom Gmbh, Countrywide PLC, Culligan Water Technologies, Inc., Furniture Brands International, Inc., Mobile Satellite Ventures, L.P., National Cinemedia, Inc., National Financial Partners, Inc., New World Communications, Inc., Norwegian Cruise Lines Inc., Quality Distribution, Inc., Samsonite Corporation, SkyTerra Communications, Inc., Unity Media SCA, Vail Resorts, Inc. and Wyndham International, Inc. He is a founding member and Chairman of Youth Renewal Fund and a member of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School. He serves on the boards of directors of Jerusalem Online and the New York City Police Foundation. Mr. Rowan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS and an MBA in Finance. Mr. Rowan is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee , the Human Resources Committee and the Finance Committee. Mr. Rowan was elected as a member of our Board because our Board concluded that Mr. Rowan’s extensive experience in value oriented investments, credit-oriented capital markets and real estate as well as his extensive directorial experience enable Mr. Rowan to provide the Board with insight and guidance on strategic matters of the Company.
David Sambur became a member of our board of directors in November 2010. Mr. Sambur is a Partner of Apollo Global Management, having joined in 2004. Mr. Sambur has experience in financing, analyzing, investing in and/or advising public and private companies and their board of directors. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Sambur was a member of the Leveraged Finance Group of Salomon Smith Barney Inc. Mr. Sambur serves on the board of directors of AP Gaming Holdco, Inc. (a parent of AGS Capital LLC), Caesars Acquisition Company, Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc., Hexion Holdings, LLC, MPM Holdings, Inc. and Verso Corporation. Mr. Sambur graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a BA in Economics. He is a member of the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Due to Mr. Sambur’s foregoing experience and qualifications, Mr. Sambur was elected as a member of our Board.
Lynn Swann became a member of our board in April 2008. Mr. Swann has served as president of Swann, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in marketing and communications since 1976 and the owner of Lynn Swann Group since 2011. The Lynn Swann Group is an affiliate of Stonehaven, LLC, which is a Member of FINRA/SIPC. Mr. Swann was also a broadcaster for the American Broadcasting Company from 1976 to 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Mr. Swann also serves on the boards of directors of Fluor Corporation, American Homes 4 Rent and PGA of America. He previously served on the board of directors of Hershey Entertainment and Resort Co. and H.J. Heinz Co. Mr. Swann also holds a Series 7 and Series 63 registration. He is a member of the Company’s Audit Committee, Human Resources Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and the 162(m) Plan Committee. Mr. Swann was elected as a member of our Board because our Board concluded that Mr. Swann’s extensive experience in marketing and communications and qualifications to communicate with retail investors enable him to provide the Board with a wealth of knowledge and insight into operational and marketing strategies suitable for companies in the gaming industry which are essential to guiding the Company’s strategy.
Christopher Williams became a member of our board in April 2008. Mr. Williams has been Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Capital Group, L.P., an investment bank, since 1994, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Williams Capital Management, LLC, an investment management firm, since 2002. He holds a bachelor's degree from Howard University and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Mr. Williams also serves on the boards of directors for Cox Enterprises, Inc., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, The Partnership for New York City and the National Association of Securities Professionals. Mr. Williams is also Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He previously served on the board of directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is Chairman of the Company's Audit Committee and is a member of the 162(m) Plan Committee. Mr. Williams was elected as a member of our Board because our Board concluded that Mr. Williams’ extensive management experience in investment banking provides the Board with a wealth of knowledge regarding business operations and business strategy as well as valuable financial and investment experience essential to guiding the Company’s strategy.