New COO to Further Mohegan Gaming’s International Growth Plans

COO Ray Pineault, who replaces the recently exited Michael Silberling, will guide Mohegan through the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of enhanced performance and continuous international expansion.

New leadership is powering Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) through unprecedented times. The Mohegan Tribe’s gaming arm recently announced the newest member of its executive leadership team: Ray Pineault, as chief operating officer (COO). 

“The entertainment industry has faced challenges this year due to the pandemic, but I am proud of the way our team members have stepped up and set MGE on a path of positive momentum, with strong performance across all properties since our reopenings,” said Mario Kontomerkos, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of MGE. “From the beginning, it has been our mission to build the best executive team in the industry, and I believe we are on our way to achieving that status with a veteran like Ray at the helm.”

A veteran gaming executive and Mohegan Tribal member, Pineault counts nearly 20 years of service to the Tribe. He has served as president and general manager of flagship property Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, as Tribal senior staff attorney in the early 2000s, and more recently as Regional President of MGE. 

Now Pineault will oversee all of MGE’s regional presidents to ensure the operational success of each of the nine properties in its portfolio across the U.S., Canada and South Korea.

“On behalf of the Tribal council, we are so proud of tribal member Ray Pineault for his promotion to chief operating officer for MGE,” said James Gessner Jr., chairman of the Mohegan Tribe and of MGE. “We are thrilled to have him take on this critical role in such an extremely important time. In his new position, Ray will not just apply the depth of knowledge he has about our operations and the industry as a whole, but also share and apply the core philosophies of Mohegan to all MGE projects at home on the reservation, as well as across the globe at our nine properties.”

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