Crown Resorts, the biggest casino operator in Australia, has decided to make a major move at the head of the company, replacing chairman Helen Coonan with experienced corporate leader Ziggy Switkowski.
The new Crown Resorts chairman currently holds the position of chancellor at RMIT University and he is also the chairman of NBN Corporation. Moreover, Switkowski was previously chairman of Suncorp Group, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Opera Australia.
The experienced corporate executive also covered the roles of chief executive and managing director of Telstra Corporation and Optus also served as a non-executive director of important Australian companies like Tabcorp, Healthscope, Oil Search, Lynas and Amcor.
The replacement of Helen Coonan is not a surprise at all, it was even implied in the company’s recent closing submissions to Victoria’s Royal Commission into Crown Melbourne’s suitability to retain its casino license.
However, the corporation issued a statement to recognize the former chairman’s important role and contribution. “We want to acknowledge Helen’s contribution through a particularly challenging period for the business,” the statement read. “When Crown needed strong and principled leadership, Helen stepped up. Helen has played a crucial role in stabilising Crown and brought to the business a culture of care, nurturing a more cohesive workplace for our people.”