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Seneca Gaming Corp. names new CEO

Seneca Gaming Corp. has named Holly Gagnon, who has more than 20 years' experience in the gambling industry, as its new president and CEO. She will begin her job later this month.

Gagnon will be the third executive to lead the Seneca casinos in little more than two years.

Gagnon was most recently CEO of Chumash Enterprises in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she oversaw the operations of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' Chumash River Resort.

She was previously president and CEO of the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi, owned by the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians. Gagnon also had experience with Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and Harrah's/Caesar's Entertainment.

"The board was thoroughly impressed with Holly and her record throughout the search process," said Barry E. Snyder Sr., chairman of the Seneca Gaming Corp. board of directors, in a statement. "We look forward to working with her."

Seneca Gaming Corp., a gambling company owned by the Seneca Nation of Indians, operates Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, and Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo. The company says it has more than 4,000 employees at its three locations.

Gagnon is a graduate of Bentley University in Massachusetts and earned an MBA from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2015, Seneca Gaming Corp. removed Catherine Walker as president and CEO and shifted her duties to Audrey Oswell, who was chief operating officer. Oswell earlier this year left Seneca Gaming.

At the time, the Gaming Corp. would not say why it removed Walker, calling it a “personnel matter.”

Seneca Gaming Corp. replaces CEO Catherine Walker

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