Integrated entertainment resort developer Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has appointed Haven Pope as chief accounting officer, where he will oversee a “comprehensive” system of financial reporting and analysis for the company and its subsidiaries globally “to promote future growth and development”.
“The Chief Accounting Officer is critical to Mohegan’s success as a global, tribal entity, and we have the utmost confidence that Haven will exceed expectations in this role,” commented Ray Pineault, president and chief executive officer of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.
“With his impressive experience and strong background in corporate finance, we are confident his leadership and technical accounting skills will further enable us to strengthen our position as a leading integrated entertainment resort brand.”
Bringing more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience with him as he joins MGE’s leadership team, Pope most recently served as the senior director of accounting & internal controls, for Caesars Entertainment. In this role, he led a team of professionals covering multiple centralised accounting functions across the brand, specialising in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls and financial reporting.
Additionally, Pope led strategic finance transformation projects and directed accounting compliance for most areas of the entertainment resort brand.
As chief accounting officer, Pope will manage and direct all external financial reporting and retain a strong financial accounting team that aligns with MGE’s core values and brand identity – “developing, motivating, and retaining top talent”.
Prior to his career at Caesars Entertainment, Pope also worked for CarMax, Deloitte & Touche and Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, with “significant” experience in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls, financial reporting, finance transformation and an array of financial auditing and reporting.
Reporting directly to senior vice president & chief financial officer, Carol Anderson, in his new role, Pope will lead the financial reporting, technical accounting, and corporate accounting teams. He will also be “instrumental” in facilitating a constant flow of communication among the property’s finance teams, the audit committee and external auditors.
Additionally, Pope will optimise core processes and systems throughout the accounting organisation “to drive efficiency across the brand and conform with professional accounting standards and best practices within the industry”.
With this change, Peter Roberti will transition to the role of vice president of finance and corporate treasurer, covering treasury operations, tax support and capital structure activities.