BSI senior vice president for corporate marketing Jacqueline Wu told Saipan Tribune that Brown would formally join the exclusive Saipan casino developer on Nov. 10.
“We are all very excited to have Mark on board. Mark has been one of the pioneers in the integrated resorts industry worldwide, with hands-on experience building these massive resorts from the ground up in various jurisdictions.”
Wu said that Brown, with whom she worked with at Las Vegas Sands Corp. in Macau, is a hiring coup for BSI, which is owned by Hong Kong-based Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd.
“Especially valuable to us is his Asia experience, not only his knowledge about our customers, the integrated resort business, and the sensitivity to the local environment. The most important of all is his leadership, steering an enormous workforce with diverse culture to achieve business goals. We are pleased to welcome Mark to be our chief.”
GGR Asia, a website on regional casino developments, reported Brown’s appointment as CEO of Imperial Pacific’s Saipan casino project.
The website said before his appointment as BSI CEO, Brown was president of the Venetian Macao and also of Sands Macao from April 2006 to April 2009.
It added that Brown joined Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp Ltd in December 2013 as chief operating officer of subsidiary NagaWorld Ltd., but he resigned last month to pursue other opportunities.
The CNMI Lottery Commission awarded an exclusive Saipan casino developer license to BSI last July 15. Since then, BSI has hiked its promised investment to $7.1 billion.
In its Sept. 24 filing of business plan with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Imperial Pacific announced a five-phase development project on Saipan, which would include a total of 4,252 rooms and 300 villas, 1,600 gaming tables, and 3,500 slot machines on top of a theme park and other tourism-related amenities.