Long-time Las Vegas Sands executive Andrew MacDonald has retired and left the company, Inside Asian Gaming has learned.
According to sources, MacDonald has already taken leave until his official end date in the coming weeks bringing to an end a near decade-long tenure with the company. IAG has contacted both LVS and MacDonald for comment.
The departure of MacDonald, Corporate Senior Vice President and Chief Casino Officer atSingaporesMarina Bay Sands, comes just a year after he was tasked with overseeing all gaming operations at MBS as part of a reshuffle that saw Managing Director George Tanasijevich turn his focus to local and international expansion.
MacDonalds illustrious career in the casino and integrated resort industry spans around four decades. Starting as a dealer on Australias first legal gaming tables at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart, Tasmania, he moved up the ladder before becoming a regulator in Queensland.
He logged stints at Genting, Crown and Jupiters Gold Coast, now The Star Gold Coast, before leaving gaming for investment banking as Managing Director and Co-Global head of Macquarie Capital.
LVS tapped MacDonald for his corporate role, operating from Singapore, in 2012. Rising to the role of Chief Casino Officer for Las Vegas Sands globally, he [[was #39 on the 2020 Asian Gaming Power 50]]. His duties included casino performance analysis and strategic recommendations for every LVS and SCL property.
Industry insiders had long said MacDonald has one of the sharpest mathematical minds in the gaming business and his influence on the industry can be felt across the planet from Australia to Macau, from Las Vegas to Singapore and in his teachings to quite literally tens of thousands of casino workers on the worlds gaming floors.
IAG has known MacDonald since the 1980s and acknowledge shim as arguably the most knowledgeable casino executive in the world when it comes to understanding the mathematics, dynamics and profitability of casino gaming.