Star Entertainment names Robert Cooke new MD & CEO

By Gambling Insider

The Star Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Robert Cooke as its new Managing Director and CEO.

Cooke will take over from Acting CEO Geoff Hogg, he will be the company’s fourth executive leader since Matt Bekier’s resignation in March 2022.

Bekier resigned amid an investigation into alleged illegal activity at the company’s Star Sydney casino.

Previously CEO of Lotteries, Wagering and Gaming Operation at Tatts Group, Cooke brings extensive industry experience to the role. He has held additional roles in the hotel sector and with Tyro Payments in the fintech industry.

Star Interim Chairman Ben Heap said: “Given The Star’s significant investments to develop tourism and entertainment destinations in South East Queensland and Sydney, the company will benefit significantly from both his understanding of the industry’s regulatory environment, and extensive insights and experience across the hotel and broader hospitality sector.

“Robbie is well placed to lead The Star and restore confidence in the organisation. He is an outstanding choice to guide the company through its critical ongoing renewal program, a body of work already underway that will deliver a number of near and medium-term initiatives focused on governance, culture, training, systems and technology.”

The date on which Cooke will assume his new role is yet to be confirmed, as his employment is subject to regulatory approval.

Cooke said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to rejoin the gaming and hospitality industry, which is a passion of mine and where I have spent the majority of my career.

"There are challenges for The Star that have been well documented. They will be my priority and focus. Ensuring continuity of the business through a comprehensive renewal program is of paramount importance.”


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