Robert DeSalvio is stepping down as president of Encore Boston Harbor, parent company Wynn Resorts announced Wednesday.
No reason was given for his resignation, which was announced in a news release. He will be replaced by Brian Gullbrants, oversees hotel, food and beverage operations at Encore.
DeSalvio led the project through its $2.6 billion construction, the suitability investigations sparked by misconduct allegations against founder Steve Wynn and the short-lived talks to sell Encore Boston Harbor to MGM Resorts International.
“Bob DeSalvio’s ability to partner with community leaders and elected officials, assemble a world-class team and lead them to produce and launch a project of the highest quality is remarkable,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said. ” His unique talent to both manage a complicated construction process while listening to the needs of key stakeholders was essential to our success.”
DeSalvio was president of Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem before joining Wynn Resorts, leading the resort through its construction, opening and revenue growth. He came on board as president of Wynn MA, LLC, the entity overseeing the Everett casino.
Since Encore’s June 21 opening, the casino has seen remarkably strong revenue for table games and “soft” slots numbers, as he described last month before the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Gullbrants, his replacement, led the opening of the hotel at Encore Las Vegas in 2008. He has overseen the hotels at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore hotels since 2011. Before that, he spent 20 years at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He was vice president of operations, overseeing operations worldwide.
Wynn Resorts announced two more appointments, pending regulatory approval.
Jenny Holaday was tapped to become executive vice president of operations, and Eric Kraus was named the senior vice president of communications and public affairs.
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