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South Korea – Mohegan Inspire appoints Chen Si as President and Wade Howk as COO

By - 12 September 2023

Mohegan Inspire has promoted Chen Si to the role of President of Mohegan Inspire and the recent appointment of Wade Howk as its Chief Operating Officer (COO), signifying Mohegan Inspire’s commitment to innovating its operations and enhancing its global reputation as a leading integrated resort.

“With Mohegan Inspire, we are expanding our horizons beyond what we once thought possible,” said Ray Pineault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mohegan. “Mohegan’s move into the global market is not just about growth, but also about sharing our legacy and spirit with the world. Our future is bright, and I look forward to embracing this next chapter alongside Chen Si and Wade Howk.”

As President, Chen Si will guide strategic planning and operational results at Mohegan INSPIRE. His duties will involve overseeing budget and business plans to ensure the company’s vision is implemented at all levels and leading performance measurement and improvement efforts. He will also lead the company’s external relationships with government agencies and business partners and serve as the company’s Representative Director.

Chen’s extensive career has taken him across the globe, working for well-known organizations like McKinsey and Las Vegas Sands. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his new position at Mohegan Inspire. With a strong background in strategic development and international marketing, as well as a dedication to fostering teamwork and utilizing data-driven decision-making, he is the ideal candidate to lead Mohegan Inspire’s future growth.

“I am honored to be stepping into this role as President of Mohegan Inspire,” said Si. “As we begin this next venture for the Mohegan brand in South Korea, I am motivated by the promise of innovation, rich cultural exchange and strengthened partnerships. This is an exhilarating new chapter for the brand, and I’m committed to steering Mohegan toward a future filled with inspiration and growth.”

As COO, Wade Howk will serve as the second in command at the property and assist the President, Chen Si, in carrying out his duties. Howk’s primary responsibilities will include leading, engaging, and developing direct reports to ensure smooth operations, creating an exceptional guest experience, maintaining a positive organizational culture based on Mohegan Inspire’s principles and values and establishing relationships with vital stakeholders. He will also work closely with governmental and business partners to coordinate efforts.

Howk steps into his role as COO with extensive executive experience in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment industries. Before coming to Mohegan Inspire, Howk served as Chief Financial Officer and interim President for Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati and Corporate Vice President of Strategy for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Howk’s background in operational and change management, strategic business planning, employee engagement and relationship management will help build critical partnerships for Mohegan Inspire and establish consensus across the levels of organization at the property.

“Mohegan Inspire has always stood for innovation, passion and resilience,” says Howk. “I am excited to bring these values to new heights in my new role, ensuring that the brand remains synonymous with the excellence and visionary leadership that our guests have come to know and expect at our properties across the globe.”

Together, Chen Si and Wade Howk will drive Mohegan INSPIRE to unprecedented heights, leveraging their combined expertise to ensure an exceptional guest experience while driving organizational growth.

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