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Star names Finch CEO for Brisbane Operations

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Star Entertainment announced that Daniel Finch has been appointed as the chief executive officer of their Brisbane operation in Queensland, Australia.

Finch is in charge of the Star Brisbane Casino, currently moving to a different site. This venue will also feature a variety of on-site facilities and is expected to open by August.

After more than nine-years as the managing director at Expedia Australia, he joins Star. He has also worked as a director or executive for travel sites focusing on Asia.

He worked as a salesperson for Sofitel Brisbane Central, and Constellation Hotel Group. Finch spent some time in the past with the Carlton Crest Hotel Brisbane, and Millennium Mayfair London.

Finch stated, “I’m thrilled to join Star at what I consider the most exciting and important time in its history.” The opening of The Star Brisbane 2024 is significant for the business and for Queensland.

Together with my team, I will strive to create a culture of high performance, providing five-star experiences and services for millions who visit us every year.

Star’s new approach

Finch’s promotion is the culmination of a restructured organisation at Star. The Star Group is creating operational property business units in Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sydney.

Jess Mellor, in addition to Finch has also been promoted as the leader of Gold Coast. Star has yet to appoint a new manager for the Sydney location, after Scot Wharton left in April.

Robbie Cooke, Star’s CEO and managing Director said: “I am delighted to welcome Daniel as a part of the restructured organisation.” We will be appointing a new CEO to each of the venues we have in Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Our search for a CEO is also far advanced.

Daniel brings to Star a high-performance leadership ability, as he has developed teams that have excelled while managing Expedia’s brands and business in Australia and New Zealand.

His experience in opening new hotels will be a great asset to us as we open Star Brisbane, and Queen’s Wharf Brisbane Precinct. This is an exciting development that has been in the works for almost 10 years.

The Star has been granted a reprieve from the Queensland license suspension

This appointment follows the November announcement that Star had been granted an extra six months in order to prove it was fit to run its Queensland-based land casinos. The suspension of a licence in Queensland, Australia was delayed.

Star received a sanction in Queensland for a number of failures in December 2022. It was fined AU$100.0m (PS51.9m/EUR60.7m/US$66.0m) and was told its licence would be suspended.

An inquiry conducted into the operations of Star Gold Coast, and Treasury Brisbane found that this group is “unsuitable”.

The company was given a 12-month period to fix these issues and align its operations with regulators’ demands. This deadline was originally set for 1 December, but it has now been moved back by six months.

Star has now until the 31st May 2024 in order to comply with Queensland’s demands.

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