John Poynton quits Perth’s Crown Casino

The fallout is continuing for beleaguered casino operator Crown Resorts, with John Poynton stepping down as a director of Crown and as chairman and director of Crown’s Burswood casino in Perth.

Crown’s executive chairman Helen Coonan said during his time at Crown Poynton had been “enormously committed as a director, chairman of Crown Perth and through his service on board committees”.

“The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority has advised Crown that it considers it appropriate that John step down as a director of all companies within the Crown group, due to a perceived lack of independence arising out of his past relationship with Mr James Packer and CPH, notwithstanding the recent termination of John’s consultancy arrangement with CPH,” she said in a statement.

“As a result, John has agreed to resign in the best interests of Crown and our shareholders, despite no adverse findings by the Commissioner in the ILGA Inquiry in relation to his suitability, integrity or performance.

“On behalf of the board, I thank John for his contribution to Crown over many years.”