THE RIGHT PEOPLE - THE RIGHT PLACE
Our people are masters of operations, marketing, technology, finance and the human element, with a twist. We believe that having the right people in place sets a solid foundation; add a philosophy of ethical and social consciousness throughout the corporation, and success is bound to happen.
Talent from gaming, hospitality and entertainment brings the right industry experience to our properties. And expertise from select companies beyond gaming brings a fresh perspective that keeps us on our toes every day.
LEE FENTON CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lee Fenton became Chief Executive Officer of Bally’s Corporation on October 1, 2021. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of Gamesys since July 2015.
He initially joined Gamesys in November 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Gamesys, he was Chief Operating Officer of the mobile division at 20th Century Fox and, before that, Global Director of Consumer Products & Content at Vodafone Group plc. He brings deep experience of working with global brands and managing operations across multiple markets. Mr. Fenton graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media & Cultural Studies from the University of the West of England. Mr. Fenton also is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
GEORGE PAPANIER PRESIDENT, CASINOS AND RESORTS
George Papanier became President, Casinos and Resorts, Bally’s land-based casino business, on October 1, 2021. His association with Bally’s began in 2004 when he served as the Chief Operating Officer, an appointment he held until February 2011 when he was then appointed to the role of President and CEO of Bally’s.
Prior to joining Bally’s, Mr. Papanier served in the same capacity for Peninsula Gaming with properties in Iowa and Louisiana, from 2000-2004 and as COO for Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1997 – 2000. Both positions involved strategic and tactical planning for the resorts and supervision of major renovation and construction projects. He was also active in evaluating potential acquisitions and development of projects for the two organizations.
From 1995-1997 he served as CFO for both Sun International Hotels Limited in the Bahamas and Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Earlier in his career he served in executive operations capacities of Hemmeter Enterprises in Denver, CO and in an executive financial capacity for Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Mr. Papanier is a graduate of Rowan University where he received a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served as Treasurer of the Casino Association in New Jersey in 1999-2000. Mr. Papanier also is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.
ROBESON REEVES PRESIDENT, INTERACTIVE
Robeson Reeves became President of Bally Interactive Division on October 1, 2021. Formerly, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Gamesys since July 2015.
Mr. Reeves joined Gamesys in September 2005 and held a number of positions, most recently Director of Gaming Operations since May 2010 and served as a member of the Gamesys Board of Directors since August 2020. Since joining Gamesys, Mr. Reeves has built a strong record in cohesively connecting player and product experiences to marketing and business KPIs, ensuring sustainable growth. He graduated in 2005 with a BSc in Statistics, Operations Research and Management Studies from University College, London.
ROBERT LAVAN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Mr. Lavan became Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in April 2022. Prior to his appointment, he had been Senior Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations of Bally's since May 2021. In this role, he led the acquisition, financing and integration of Gamesys, as well as the internal and external reporting processes.
Prior to joining Bally's, Mr. Lavan was Chief Financial Officer of NYSE listed Turning Point Brands where he executed multiple international acquisitions, complex systems integration and streamlining reporting analytics. Prior to Turning Point Brands, he was Chief Financial Officer of General Wireless Operations and held various analyst and portfolio manager roles on Wall Street. Mr. Lavan has a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.