Jan Jones Blackhurst
Ms. Jones Blackhurst served as a director of Former Caesars from October 2019 until the Merger in July 2020, at which time she joined the Board. Ms. Jones Blackhurst served as Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility of Former Caesars from May 2017 through September 2019. Ms. Jones Blackhurst also served as Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations of Former Caesars from November 2011 until May 2017 and as Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations of Former Caesars from November 1999 to November 2011. Ms. Jones Blackhurst has over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry and has played a key role in innovating responsible gaming programs that are now used throughout the industry. Ms. Jones Blackhurst serves as the Chairwoman of the Public Education Foundation. She also became Chief Executive-In-Residence of the UNLV International Gaming Institute, where she was a popular faculty member and key player in the “Expanding the Leaderverse” initiative. She became Executive Director of the UNLV Black Fire Leadership Initiative in January 2021. Ms. Jones Blackhurst also serves as a board member of World Choice Investment, LLC and as a board member of Esports Entertainment Group where she also serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and is a member of their Compensation Committee. Since February 2021, Ms. Jones Blackhurst has served as a director of Gaming & Hospitality Acquisition Corp. Prior to joining Former Caesars, Ms. Jones Blackhurst served two terms as Mayor of Las Vegas, from 1991 until 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University and attended the University of Southern California's School of Food Marketing Management.
Ms. Blackhurst brings to the Board significant experience in corporate social responsibility matters, including specifically within the gaming industry, including policies on responsible gaming, as well as government relations experience. The Board of Directors has affirmatively determined that Ms. Blackhurst is independent under the NASDAQ listing standards.