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Former Flamingo Boss Named New York-New York President

5 April 2005

MGM Mirage on Monday named Lorenzo Creighton as president of the company's NewYork-New York property.

Creighton's appointment was the first of what MGM Mirage foresees as many executive appointment announcements linked to its $7.9 billion buyout of Mandalay Resort Group.

Creighton has 10 years of casino operations experience. He spent more than two years as president of the Flamingo before resigning last month.

MGM Mirage had hoped to roll out its list of company presidents following approval of the Mandalay buyout, but a shake-up in the Illinois Gaming Board has delayed the deal's closure until at least June.

Because Creighton is taking over a property that's already under the MGM Mirage banner, his appointment could be revealed ahead of the merger's expected closure.

"Our hope is not to trickle these (announcements) out individually, but to announce our property presidents all at once," MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said. "We had the ability to get Lorenzo started now, so that's why his announcement is being made."

Creighton will replace Felix Rappaport, who has served as president of New York-New York since 2000 and will be taking on new responsibilities following the Mandalay merger.

MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lanni had previously said Renee West, who had been president of the company's three Primm resorts, will move to the Strip and take over one of the properties. Also, it is expected that former MGM Grand President Bill Hornbuckle will become president of Mandalay Bay.

Creighton has had a wide-ranging career, serving as an attorney, judge and gaming regulator. He held casino executive positions in Mississippi, St. Louis and New Orleans before joining the Flamingo in 2002.

His appointment at the Flamingo made Creighton the Strip's first black president.

In an interview with the Review-Journal last October, Creighton said he was well aware of the history behind his appointment.

"When I came to Las Vegas, I talked with a lot of black leaders who were amazed a black man was heading the Flamingo," Creighton said. "They told me stories about how it was in the '50s and '60s when I wouldn't have been allowed in the front door."

Creighton directed the renovation of most of the Flamingo, work that added 2,400 rooms, new restaurants and expanded the property's pool area.

Creighton is a graduate of Luther College and Drake University Law School, both in Iowa.

Former Flamingo Boss Named New York-New York President is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.