ATLANTIC CITY — Jay Snowden, a senior executive who oversees two of the four Caesars Entertainment Corp. casinos in Atlantic City, is leaving the world’s largest gaming company.
Snowden most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of both Harrah’s Resort and Caesars Atlantic City. Previously, he was general manager of Showboat Casino Hotel, another Caesars Entertainment-owned gaming hall in Atlantic City. Caesars Entertainment also owns Bally’s Atlantic City.
Snowden has resigned from Caesars Entertainment to pursue opportunities at another, unnamed casino company. Caesars has already begun a search for his replacement.
Snowden could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Don Marrandino, Snowden’s boss and president of the Caesars casinos in Atlantic City, confirmed the resignation.
“Jay was not only a great casino executive in Atlantic City for the last six years, he was also a leader in the community,” Marrandino said. “He led by example at Caesars Entertainment and charities such as the Boys and Girls Club. We will all miss working with him every day.”
The 35-year-old Snowden has spent his entire gaming career with the Caesars organization, previously known as Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. A Harvard University graduate, he began working at Harrah’s Rincon in California right after college and later served as general manager of Harrah’s St. Louis.
Only 29 at the time, he was brought in as Showboat’s general manager in 2005 to oversee construction of a $65 million expansion project at the Mardi Gras-themed casino. The centerpiece of the expansion was the House of Blues concert hall, an attraction that allowed Showboat to begin booking contemporary music acts as it moved toward a younger customer base.
A management shuffle in 2008 saw Snowden take over as general manager of both Showboat and Harrah’s Resort. Another management switch later on put Snowden in charge of Harrah’s and Caesars, while Joe Domenico took on the dual role of general manager of Showboat and Bally’s.
Snowden helped bring in new restaurants at Harrah’s and Caesars that are slated to open later this year. Last year, Harrah’s also introduced the Viking Cooking School, which allows casino guests to participate in culinary classes under the direction of professional chefs.
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