Five top executives at the $3.7 billion Fontainebleau Las Vegas are out in less than a month. It is reported that the resort is coming to terms with the fact that Las Vegas is not Miami.
Chief Operating Officer Colleen Birch is out — and so is Chief Marketing Officer Shane Smith. Vice President of Revenue Management Angie Dobney is also out, and so is Senior Vice President of Casino Operations Michael Clifford. On Sunday, Fontainebleau Las Vegas announced Maurice Wooden as its new president, with Mark Tricano, who previously held the role, now reporting to Wooden.
Quite the shakeup at a resort that opened on December 13.
Las Vegas insiders tell Skift Meetings there are growing pains for Fontainebleau Las Vegas as it discovers that Vegas is a much different market than Miami Beach, where its sister property has been flourishing since 1954.
Maurice Wooden, previously principal executive officer and president of Wynn Las Vegas will replace Tricano as president. Wooden, a 36-year veteran of the luxury hospitality sector, is also a member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors.
“Fontainebleau Development conceived this resort with a unique, independent vision that sets it apart from everything there is and anything there has ever been on the Strip. This role presents me with a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a world-class executive team to enhance our Las Vegas community and to contribute to the growth of the Fontainebleau brand for the future,” Wooden says.
Wooden served previously as the president and chief operating officer of the Golden Nugget – Las Vegas. In addition, he was the vice president of casino marketing at The Mirage Hotel and Casino. He was also vice president of operations at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
In September, Birch spoke at the Skift Meetings Forum about the changing definition of luxury in the hotel meeting experience. She highlighted the resort’s versatile design that allows guests to “turn the Las Vegas experience on and off.”