Bob DeSalvio heads New York Resorts World Operations

Genting announced the appointment of veteran gaming and hospitality executive Bob DeSalvio as president of the New York State operations of the company.

In the position of DeSalvio is to supervise all operations at Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Casino New York City, an integrated casino resort destination acquired in November by Genting and Kien Huat, the family trust managed by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Group, KT Lim.

DeSalvio, joins after serving as Chairman of Encore Boston Harbor, where he was responsible for the design, development and implementation of the project.

“Bob DeSalvio has a proven track record creating and implementing successful marketing and growth strategies in the gaming and hospitality industries,” said KT Lim.

“Bob’s operational expertise combined with his unique ability to recognise industry trends and adapt to fast-evolving consumer demands will help accelerate growth at Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World Casino New York City.”

Until joining Encore Boston Harbor, DeSalvio spent eight years as president of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, once again overseeing the project’s development, construction and staffing, which cost $840 million to complete. Earlier this year, the casino resort was sold for $1.3 billion.

In addition, DeSalvio had previously spent nearly 10 years at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, as well as 14 years at Sands Atlantic City in various roles.

“Resorts World Casino New York City and Resorts World Catskills represent the future of gaming and hospitality in New York State,” added DeSalvio. “Guests today are seeking that unique combination of gaming excitement, entertainment offerings, luxurious non-gaming amenities, and convenience—which only this brand can offer.

“It’s an honour to join Genting, which has proven, with the success of Resorts World Casino New York City, that gaming in New York is full of untapped potential, and I am excited to be on the frontlines of the action.”

Edward Farrell will remain in charge of Resorts World Bimini and Miami in his role as president of Genting Americas. Farrell will also help DeSalvio integrate Resorts World Catskills and the daily operational aspects of New York State’s Resorts World properties.

Scott Molina will remain chairman of the DeSalvio reporting to Resorts World Casino New York City. After a short transition period, Ryan Eller, who served as CEO of Empire Resorts, will step down.