Graeme Stephens named as new SkyCity chief

Australian and New Zealand casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Graeme Stephens as its new chief executive officer.

The appointment comes following the resignation of Nigel Morrison in April this year.

Mr Stephens, 53,  is the current  CEO of Sun International, a  casino, resorts and entertainment company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and with interests in South Africa and Latin America.

Announcing the appointment today, SkyCity Chairman Chris Moller said he is delighted to have secured a CEO with the gaming, hospitality and strategic leadership credentials of Mr Stephens, to take the company through an exciting new phase of development.

“Graeme has extensive experience in developing and opening world-class casinos, hotels and resorts. He has deep expertise in the gaming, hospitality, and leisure industries. His record managing a diverse and fast-growing listed company, operating in a variety of locations, makes Graeme the best person to lead SkyCity as we progress the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson Street hotel projects, redevelop our Adelaide Casino and plan the next stage of SkyCity’s strategy,” says Mr Moller.

Mr Stephens is expected to start on 1 May 2017, following a move to New Zealand with his wife and two young children.

Mr Moller confirms that Interim CEO John Mortensen will remain in the role until then, after which he has committed to stay with the company in a senior group position. “I’d like to thank John for his continued leadership and his support during this period.’’

Mr Stephens’ confirmation as CEO is subject to the usual regulatory approvals.