Wynn Resorts

Nevada Gaming Control Board has confirmed to Wynn Resorts that, following its investigation into allegations against its its co-founder, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that its current CEO Matt Maddox is “found suitable as an officer of Wynn Resorts, Limited in Nevada in January 2010, and remains in good standing with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.”

The statement follows the regulatory board issuing a record $20m fine against the casino operator for reportedly “turning a blind eye” to the previous sexual harassment allegations against former CEO Steve Wynn, all of which he had denied.

Wynn Resorts Chairman of the Board, Phil Satre, issued the following statement in response to Maddox being cleared: “In the past 12 months, the Wynn Resorts Board of Directors – independent and with no extensive pre-existing relationships with each other or the executive team – have been keenly focused on establishing the right direction and leadership for the company.

“Matt Maddox has the full confidence of me as Chairman as well as the entire Board of Directors of Wynn Resorts as our CEO today, tomorrow, and into the future. Immediately upon taking over as CEO, Matt led the transformation of our company with a new executive team, new policies and procedures, and a new corporate culture – a transformation the Nevada regulators referred to at a hearing as a total ‘paradigm shift.’”  

Satre concluded: “No one deserves more credit, or has played a more critical role, in remaking Wynn Resorts as a company and responding to the past failures of now-departed leadership.

“Matt will do an excellent job leading our team of 25,000 employees worldwide, and with the expected opening of our $2.6bn Encore Boston Harbor destination resort in Everett, MA.”

Wynn Resorts is currently entangled in a three day public hearing from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission regarding whether or not Wynn Resorts will be permitted to keep its Boston-area casino licence.

Wynn Resorts executives are to provide a testimony into how they have handled the allegations against Steve Wynn, with proposals to prohibit Wynn from entering the casino grounds.