Robbie Cooke has been appointed to lead Star Casino, as the company looks to recover following a series of damning allegations of criminal activities and money laundering during the Bell Review.
The former chief of fintech company Tyro, Cooke will receive $1.6 million as remuneration for his role which was left vacant after the departure of Matt Bekier in March. He will also receive an additional short-term bonus of nearly $1 million for achieving performance measures.
“As CEO of the lotteries, wagering and gaming operation at Tatts Group, he led a comprehensive transformation program and secured valuable licence agreements with various State governments,” said Ben Heap, Interim chairman of The Star Entertainment Group.
“Given The Star’s significant investments to develop world-class tourism and entertainment destinations in southeast Queensland and Sydney, the company will benefit significantly from both his understanding of the industry’s regulatory environment and extensive insights and experience across the hotel and broader hospitality sector.”
Cooke recognised “there are challenges for The Star” which he said would be the priority in his new role.
“Ensuring continuity of the business through a comprehensive renewal program is of paramount importance,” he said.