Jessica Mellor resigns as CEO of Star Gold Coast

Lea Hogg 1 month ago
Jessica Mellor resigns as CEO of Star Gold Coast

Jessica Mellor, (pictured above), the youngest and first female CEO of The Star Gold Coast, has tendered her resignation to the company’s board, effective from 24 May 2024. Mellor’s tenure, albeit brief, was marked by significant strides in the development of the property as a leading tourism and entertainment destination. She oversaw the implementation of a $2 billion master plan as part of a joint venture consortium, transforming The Star Gold Coast into an iconic world-class integrated destination resort.

Mellor’s leadership was instrumental in navigating the company through challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic. David Foster, Executive Chair of The Star, expressed his gratitude for Mellor’s tireless efforts, stating, “Jessica has led The Star Gold Coast through some challenging times, including through COVID and has been instrumental in developing the Gold Coast property into an iconic world-class integrated destination resort with our joint venture partners.”

Transition and challenges ahead

Following Mellor’s departure, Ian Brown, General Manager Gaming at The Star Gold Coast, is set to assume additional responsibilities as acting CEO, pending regulatory approval. Mellor has agreed to provide support to The Star until September 2024 to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of key projects.

However, The Star Entertainment Group is currently facing allegations of misconduct and regulatory breaches. These allegations emerged during an ongoing inquiry into the company’s culture by the NSW Independent Casino Commission. Nicholas Weeks, the special manager appointed by the commission, testified about concerning incidents within the operator, including claims of falsified welfare checks on poker machine players and compliance record discrepancies.

These allegations have raised concerns about the company’s compliance with regulatory standards and internal controls. Furthermore, The Star Entertainment Group underwent leadership changes as CEO Robbie Cooke and CFO Christina Katsibouba resigned amid ongoing regulatory scrutiny and market apprehensions. Cooke’s departure was prompted by concerns regarding his suitability for the role amid the inquiry in New South Wales.

As the Star Entertainment Group commences the search for a new CEO at the property, it will be interesting to see how the company rises to these challenges and continues its journey towards becoming a premier entertainment destination.

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