After a year as interim CEO, Jason Guyot, a member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, has been named the new president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Guyot’s appointment marks the first time a member of the Pequot Tribe has served as head of the casino, located in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Certainly Guyot is familiar with Foxwoods’ operations, as he has served as interim CEO for nearly a year. He took the helm in April 2020, when the resort was in the middle of its pandemic closure, which lasted from the middle of March to 1 June.
Since reopening, Foxwoods has had to limit its number of visitors.
Tribal officials say Guyot was responsible for mapping out the protocols involved in reopening the casino and operating during the many Covid-related restrictions.
Guyot has been with Foxwoods since 2003, when he was hired as director of employment.
In 2007 he transitioned to the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, where he served as director, and later executive director of hotel operations and shared services. Eventually he was promoted to VP of hotel operations.
In 2011, he was named VP of hotel operations for both Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
And from 2013 to 2018, he was VP resort operations and development for Foxwoods. He moved up to SVP Resort operations in 2018.
Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, told the Hartford Courant Guyot’s ascension to CEO is a “special milestone” for the Tribe.
Guyot told the Courant he is “grateful for the opportunity to contribute toward the future success” of the Tribe.