Jason Guyot will take over as president and chief executive of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, on a full time basis, after serving as interim chief executive since April 2020.
Guyot, who now becomes the first member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to serve as Foxwoods chief executive, first took over in an interim capacity when John J. James stepped down last year after nine months in charge.
Prior to this, he was senior vice president of resort operations for the operator.
The tribe said that Guyot was “instrumental” in leading Foxwoods through the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which it said led to “one of its most challenging and difficult years”.
“What Jason has done over the past twelve months has been remarkable, taking the helm of Foxwoods at the onset of the pandemic, building safety guidelines from the ground up to ensure guests feel safe, and championing a new kind of culture for our team members,” said Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
“There is simply no one more qualified, passionate or worthy to advance our growth strategies and position Foxwoods for a brighter, successful future. Jason Guyot is the right leader with the right vision to drive Foxwoods through its next phase of evolution, and we are equally proud that Jason is our first Pequot CEO.”
Guyot joined Foxwoods in 2003 as an employment and diversity manager and has worked in various roles in human resources, marketing, gaming, and hotel operations at the casino.
“I am very honored to be appointed Foxwoods’ President CEO – a role that means everything to me,” Guyot said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have been afforded the unique opportunity to begin and advance my career at Foxwoods, driven by my desire and passion to learn and grow, personally and professionally.
“As a tribal member, I’m equally grateful for the opportunity to contribute toward the future success of our tribal nation. I remain personally invested in and fiercely committed to the ongoing growth of our resort, as well as our team members and tribal members, and I look forward to continuing to offer our guests superior hospitality as well as the memorable experiences they’ve come to expect from Foxwoods Resort Casino.”
In related news, Foxwoods is set to be able to offer sports betting and online gaming after the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont came to an agreement today.
Today also saw Mario Kontomerkos resign from his role as president and chief executive of Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, which operates the rival Mohegan Sun resort.