New CEO for The Star Sydney as gaming giants look for fresh start

The Star has appointed Scott Wharton as the CEO of The Star Sydney and Group Head of Transformation, in the latest leadership change since Robbie Cooke was appointed to lead The Star Entertainment Group.

Wharton is a former Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) executive who has considerable experience transforming companies under regulatory scrutiny.

“His leadership capabilities, expertise in delivering significant transformation working closely with regulators, together with his commercial skills and experience managing complex businesses, made him the ideal candidate to take on this key position within the organisation,” Interim Chairman Ben Heap said.

Wharton said he was looking forward to his new role at a “critical moment” in the company’s history.

“The Star plays an important role in the economies of NSW and Qld as a major employer and catalyst for the states’ tourism industries,” he said.

“I look forward to working closely with the team at The Star, as well as regulators and other stakeholders.”

The Star has recently launched a Renewal Program to overhaul multiple aspects of its operations highlighted in a damning report by the Bell Review.

Rival gaming giants Crown Resorts is also going through a transformative moment in its history, recently appointing CEO Ciaran Carruthers to lead the company after the sudden departure of Steve McCann.

McGann quit just two weeks after the company’s formal takeover by US private equity firm Blackstone. Blackstone has also announced new board appointees with Bill McBeath named as chairman, former Virgin Australia managing director John Borghetti as chair of Crown’s Sydney operations and John Van Der Wielen as chair at Crown Perth.