Star Entertainment Group, one of the biggest casino operators in Australia, has announced that its process of searching for a new Chief Executive Officer has ended and that the chosen candidate for the job is Robert Cooke.
The new Chief Executive Officer will also hold the position of Managing Director at the casino operator. The appointment comes after in March 2022 Matt Bekier, the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Star Entertainment, left the company following allegations of misconduct against the casino operator.
Star Entertainment Group came under investigation in Sydney as the local regulator tried to determine whether the company was still suitable to hold a license to run its casino in the city.
The public hearings that were part of that investigation revealed that the casino operator concealed gambling transactions on Chinese debit cards as hotel expenses. Those transactions amounted to a total of 900 million Australian dollars, according to the deposition of Paulina Dudek, Assistant Group Treasurer at Star Entertainment. The inquiry led to the resignation of Matt Bekier and then three more executives left the company in May 2022.