Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment appoints Ray Pineault as president and chief executive officer

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Ray Pineault is the new president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

Ray Pineault is the new president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.

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Nearly two months after Ray Pineault was named interim chief executive at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, the casino operator has made his promotion to the executive position permanent.

James Gessner, Jr., chairman of the Mohegan Tribe and MGE Management Board, said Pineault’s “grasp of our organization and all its moving parts across nine worldwide properties is unmatched.”

“We are tremendously lucky to have someone of Ray’s caliber, experience and intellect taking on this role,” Gessner said in a statement. “Having someone with these abilities come from within our Tribal membership makes this day all the more meaningful.”

Pineault took over the interim chief executive officer’s role when Mario Kontomerkos, a Madison resident, announced in March that he was stepping down as president and chief executive officer after more than three years on the job.

Prior to taking the job on an interim basis, Pineault had been chief operating officer at MGE and also served as its regional president. He was also president and general manager of the flagship property, the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville.

Pineault said he is looking forward to “the immense growth, development and accomplishments we will achieve in this next chapter together.”

“I am grateful to the Mohegan Tribe for this opportunity and will work tirelessly to uphold our values and traditions, both here in the United States and in the communities around the world in which we operate,” Pineault said in a statement

Thursday’s announcement regarding Pineault came just hours before Gov. Ned Lamont signed legislation legalizing online and sports betting into law. The legislation gives the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, who run the state’s two casinos, the right to have in-person and online betting.