Caesars Entertainment has appointed Jan Jones Blackhurst to its Board of Directors to replace Richard Schifter who resigned on September 5. A senior executive at Caesars since 1999, she will continue in her current role, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, until October 1, 2019. 

During her 20 years with the firm, Blackhurst helped develop and grow the industry’s first responsible gaming practices to include an ambassador model for the gaming industry and the first industry code of commitment. 

Under her leadership, the company has earned a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for 10 consecutive years. Most recently, she led the company’s Gender Equity Initiative while also serving as Chair of the Caesars Foundation, strengthening communities through philanthropic activities and corporate gifts

“Jan is not only a driven and accomplished leader, but she is also a legend in Las Vegas – the city’s first woman mayor and a popular leader in business and politics – and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Board,” said James Hunt, Chairman. “With her appointment, Caesars will continue to benefit from her vast experience, expertise and incredible relationships and I am confident she will bring valuable leadership and insight to our board.”

“Jan has had a groundbreaking career in the gaming industry and I am happy she will remain with us as a board member and trusted advisor,” said CEO Tony Rodio. “Jan is known and widely respected for helping create a diverse, inclusive workplace, advancing environmental stewardship, advocating for important social issues and contributing giving to individuals, families and communities in need. 

“Caesars has been very fortunate to develop and refine its social responsibility practices under her leadership. I thank Jan for her 20 years of distinguished service to our Company, our team members and the communities we serve.”

Blackhurst commented: “I am delighted and honored to be joining the Board of Caesars. I have tremendous respect for Jim, Tony and the other board members and I look forward to working with them. I will continue to advocate that Caesars takes a leading role as a responsible corporate citizen. I am proud of the course we have charted and committed to continuing it.”