Boyd Gaming announces four senior executive promotions

December 15, 2023
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The appointments are to positions including CAO and COO.

Boyd Gaming has announced plans to promote four of its senior executives. The positions of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and COO will be filled by Steve Thompson and Ted Bogich respectively, who are being promoted from their roles of EVP, Nevada Operations and Executive VP, Midwest & South Operations. 

The now vacant role of EVP, Nevada Operations will be filled by Steve Schutte. Schutte will be migrating to the role from his current position as SVP, Las Vegas Locals Operations, with responsibilities including the oversight of Boyd’s Nevada properties and the oversight of hotel operations, corporate slots, and food and drink at the venues. 

Meanwhile, the role of EVP, Midwest & South Operations will be taken on by Ward Shaw, whose previous role at Boyd was as SVP for operations in states including Missouri and Ohio. 

Thompson has been with Boyd Gaming since 1983. In his 40 years with the company, Thompson has served in a variety of executive positions, taking on the position of SVP, Nevada Operations in 2004 and EVP, Operations in 2016. With his promotion to CAO, he will be responsible for overseeing admin, CSR and comms at the company’s corporate level among other duties. 

Meanwhile, Bogich joined Boyd in 2004 as VP and General Manager of Sam’s Town Tunica, later promoted to VP and General Manager of Blue Chip Casino Hotel in 2007, SVP, Operations in 2012 and EVP, Operations in 2016. In his new role, Bogich will oversee Boyd’s 28 US properties, as well as the company’s strategy, slot analytics and corporate marketing.  

On the appointments, Boyd President and CEO Kevin Smith said, “Each of these four accomplished executives has played a critical role in our company’s success and through their expanded roles we will further leverage their talent and expertise as we continue to drive long-term growth.” 


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