December 21, 2021 Casino, Tribal, Personnel

Mohegan Gaming taps Haven Pope to be its chief accounting officer

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Will oversee external financial reporting departments for resort operator.

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) on Tuesday said it has appointed Haven Pope to be its chief accounting officer.

The integrated resorts developer said in this role, Haven will oversee a comprehensive system of financial reporting and analysis for MGE and its subsidiaries globally to promote future growth and development.

Haven will report directly to senior vice president and chief financial officer Carol Anderson, and will lead the financial reporting, technical accounting and corporate accounting teams. He also will be instrumental in facilitating a constant flow of communication among the property’s finance teams, the audit committee and external auditors, the company said.

In addition, MGE said Haven will optimize core processes and systems throughout the accounting organization to drive efficiency across the brand and conform with professional accounting standards and best practices within the industry. As CAO, Haven will be asked to manage and direct all external financial reporting and retain a strong financial accounting team.

Haven brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience with him as he joins MGE's leadership team.

Most recently he served as the senior director of accounting and internal controls for Caesars Entertainment, Inc. While at Caesars, Haven reportedly led a team of professionals covering multiple centralized accounting functions across the Caesars Entertainment brand, specializing in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls and financial reporting. Haven was credited with leading strategic finance transformation projects and directing accounting compliance for most areas of the entertainment resort brand.

These experiences will serve him well as the newly appointed chairman of MGE's Accounting Steering Committee and Disclosure Committee, the company said.

Prior to his career at Caesars Entertainment, Inc., Haven worked for CarMax, Inc., Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, LLP, gaining what MGE described as significant experience in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls, financial reporting, finance transformation, and an array of financial auditing and reporting.

With this change, Peter Roberti will transition to the role of vice president of finance and corporate treasurer, covering treasury operations, tax support and capital structure activities.

“The chief accounting officer is critical to Mohegan’s success as a global, tribal entity, and we have the utmost confidence that Haven will exceed expectations in this role,” Ray Pineault, president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, said in a statement. “With his impressive experience and strong background in corporate finance, we are confident his leadership and technical accounting skills will further enable us to strengthen our position as a leading integrated entertainment resort brand.”

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment develops and operates integrated entertainment resorts, including Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, INSPIRE in Incheon, South Korea and Niagara Casinos in Niagara Falls, Canada. MGE also is owner, developer and/or manager of other integrated entertainment resorts throughout the United States, including those in New Jersey, Washington, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas, Nevada.

MGE is owner and operator of Connecticut Sun, a professional basketball team in the WNBA.

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