New Foxwoods Casino President Named - Saturday 3rd of June 2006

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut – The Mashantucket PequotTribal Nation announced today that John A. O'Brien will succeed WilliamSherlock as President of Foxwoods Resort Casino.

O'Brien will replace Mr. Sherlock, who announced his retirement inMarch after nine years with Foxwoods, six of those years as its Presidentand CEO. Mr. O'Brien is the current executive vice president and chieffinancial officer of Foxwoods, a post he has held for nine years.

The two will work together over the near term to ensure an orderly andsuccessful transition.

O'Brien is currently a member of the board of directors the FoxwoodsDevelopment Company, the tribe's off-reservation development entity. Priorto his role as CFO of Foxwoods, Mr. O'Brien spent 12 1/2 years with HiltonHotels Corporation, where he held several key management positions, mostrecently vice president of international operations for Hilton GamingCorporation. While also at Hilton, he was President and chief executiveofficer of its Windsor Ltd. Property in Ontario, Canada.

Tribal Chairman Michael J. Thomas stated: "First, our thanks to Billfor his long and dedicated service to the Tribal Community. We look forwardto Bill's next role supporting our many MPTN economic diversificationefforts. John, as reflected in our unanimous Tribal Council action, hasearned this opportunity to take us into an exciting future that includes anew casino next door to Foxwoods, and the completion of the destinationResort that our Tribal Community has been pursuing for more than twodecades now."

Vice Chairman Kenneth M. Reels added: "I was honored to oversee theexecutive search process. The Tribal Council is very pleased to have cometo this unanimous decision on John's appointment. This was the result of anational search, utilizing best practices with the assistance of HVSExecutive Search firm."

John O'Brien stated: "I am excited and honored to be selected as Bill'ssuccessor and to continue to move Foxwoods forward for the benefit of ouremployees, our customers, and the Tribe. Following Bill will be a difficulttask, as he did a fantastic job at Foxwoods. I look forward to working withBill during this transitional period, and with the rest of the team to makeFoxwoods the No. 1 property in Connecticut."

William Sherlock concluded, "I am delighted that we selected John as mysuccessor, with whom I have worked for nine years. I believe there is nobetter candidate to lead Foxwoods into the future."

O'Brien, 49, is married and has two children. The family lives inStonington, Conn.

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