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Arnold M. Knightly
 

Harrah's names new eastern division president

19 August 2009

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- Harrah's Entertainment casino executive Don Marrandino has been named the company's new eastern division president, replacing Carlos Tolosa who is retiring at the end of the year.

Marrandino will oversee the company's four Atlantic City properties — Caesars Palace, Bally's, Harrah's and Showboat — and Harrah's Chester in Pennsylvania.

He will be replaced by Rick Mazer who will take over operations on the Strip of Harrah's Las Vegas, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, O'Sheas and Bill's.

Mazer is currently Indiana regional president covering the Horseshoe Hammond and Horseshoe Indiana.

Marrandino's move to Atlantic City is a return to the city where he was born and began his casino career.

His career started in 1981 at Bally's Atlantic City in the hotel division. He climbed the ranks, leaving Harrah's Atlantic City to move to Las Vegas in 1989.

Marrandino worked at the Rio, which was owned at the time by Tony Marnell, as the general manager for six years, then moved over to Station Casinos in 1995 for six more years.

He had a brief stint as chief operating officer for Peter Morton at the Hard Rock Hotel, where he brought in the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen for concerts.

He then spent time with Steve Wynn during the development of Wynn Las Vegas before rejoining Harrah's and moving to Lake Tahoe in 2003.

In 2005, Marrandino returned to Las Vegas eventually running the five Strip casinos across from Caesars Palace.

Known for his entertainment acumen, the 50-year-old Marrandino is responsible for many of the entertainment options at his properties, including Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill at Harrah's and the return of Donny & Marie to the stage at the Flamingo.

Tolosa, who is leaving after 38 years with the company, will assist Marrandino with the transition. He will also assist company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Loveman with "strategic initiatives" through the end of the year.

Harrah's names new eastern division president is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.