The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has created a new post of Chief Executive Officer to guide the leadership in diversifying its businesses. As WNPRâ€™s Harriet Jones reports, the tribe has appointed a former member of the Clinton administration to the post.
Patricia L. Irvin served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration, after several years at prominent law firms in New York and Washington DC. She has also worked as chief operations officer for the Andrew Mellon Foundation, a charitable fund that supports educational and cultural activities. In her new post, Irvin will have responsibility for all gaming, resort and entertainment operations owned by the Mashantucket Pequots. The tribe says its wants her to help in expanding and diversifying their business operations. The creation of the role comes at a time when the tribe faces new challenges â€“ Massachusetts is considering licensing casino gaming, and gambling operations in Rhode Island and New York are also expanding. In addition, the Mashantucketâ€™s Foxwoods casino faces the prospect of unionization among its employees, with dealers already voting to affiliate with the UAW. The tribe has several new enterprises underway â€“ itâ€™s preparing to open the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and developing a new casino in Philadelphia.