The Star appoints ex-Crown Resorts Steve McCann as Group CEO and MD

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The Star Entertainment Group has named former Crown Resorts Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Steve McCann as its new Group CEO and MD.

Subject to receipt of necessary regulatory approvals, McCann will begin his new role at the Australian casino operator on July 8, 2024. 

He will replace Acting CEO Neale O’Connell – also interim Group CFO – and Chair Anne Ward, who have both been taking on the additional responsibilities on an interim basis until a permanent Group CEO and MD was confirmed.

Commenting on his appointment, McCann said: “I look forward to joining The Star at this critical time. I recognise that there are many complex issues and challenges for the company to address. I am committed to working with the board and the various stakeholders to help drive change, restore confidence and achieve a sustainable resolution.”

McCann brings over 28 years of executive experience to The Star, having previously served as CEO and MD of Crown Resorts. He also spent more than a decade as Group CEO of Lendlease, a real estate development and investment group.

He also isn’t the only former Crown Resorts employee The Star has appointed recently, as last month, the operator named Jeannie Mok as Group Chief Operating Officer to lead its remediation efforts. Mok was previously Chief Transformation Officer at Crown Resorts.

Ward added: “Following a comprehensive search process, the board is very pleased to have secured a CEO of Steve’s calibre, experience and respect in the market. Given his time with Crown and previous long-standing leadership at Lendlease, he has the right credentials to lead The Star’s remediation program.

“His track record reflects his capability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and lead meaningful transformational change and cultural renewal. This experience will be invaluable as we work towards rebuilding trust and expediting the sustainable transformation of The Star.”