In a significant leadership reshuffle, Fontainebleau Development has appointed Maurice Wooden as the new president of Fontainebleau Las Vegas, a recently inaugurated luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip. This announcement marks a pivotal moment for the property, which is rooted in a 70-year legacy of the iconic Fontainebleau brand.
Wooden, a seasoned professional with 36 years in luxury hospitality, is set to lead the resort into a new era. His illustrious career includes notable stints as the President and Principal Executive Officer at Wynn Las Vegas and his membership on the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors. His recent role at Fertitta Entertainment, where he spearheaded luxury hotel development, further solidifies his credentials.
The transition sees Wooden taking over from Mark Tricano, who had been managing the resort since its opening. Tricano, according to resort officials, will remain with the company, now reporting to Wooden.
The move comes amid a series of executive departures since the resort’s opening, including the chief operating officer, chief marketing officer, vice president of revenue management, and senior vice president of casino operations.
Jeffrey Soffer, Chairman and CEO of Fontainebleau Development, praised Wooden’s extensive experience and his commitment to evolving the luxury hospitality experience in Las Vegas.
Maurice Wooden President of Fontainebleau Las Vegas
“Maurice’s proven leadership and deep knowledge of the hospitality and gaming industries instill exceptional confidence in us as we continue developing our Las Vegas property,” said Soffer.
For Wooden, this role is both a significant honor and an exciting challenge. “It’s extraordinarily invigorating to lead an incredible team during this defining moment in Las Vegas,” he stated. Wooden’s focus will be on building upon the Fontainebleau’s rich history and cultural alignment, as well as developing a unique, independent vision that sets the resort apart on the Strip.
Fontainebleau Las Vegas, located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, offers a blend of luxury hotel rooms, extensive meeting and convention space, gaming areas, world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and wellness facilities.
The resort aims to distinguish itself with a curated collection of luxury brands and products, planning to introduce more luxury fashion brands and designers in 2024 to position itself as a notable retail destination on the Strip.
The announcement of Wooden’s appointment follows the resort’s recent introduction of inaugural retail partnerships featuring globally recognized designers and original concepts by Fontainebleau Development.
These developments are part of the company’s broader strategy to enhance the guest experience and solidify its position as a leader in the Las Vegas luxury hospitality and gaming industry.
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