People on the move at Prince Resorts Hawaii, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Prince Resorts Hawaii has appointed a new president, while Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment has added a new chief accounting officer.

Yamane named president of Prince Resorts Hawaii
Veteran hospitality executive Shigeki Yamane has been named president of Prince Resorts Hawaii (PRH).

Yamane, previously VP of planning for PRH for the past eight years, worked with former presidents Donn J. Takahashi and Kisan Jo. As VP, he was highly instrumental in the multimillion-dollar renovations of Prince Waikiki and The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, according to the company.

In addition to his various management positions with Prince Hotels in Japan, including at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo and Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, he held hotel management positions in Canada and Singapore. Most notably, he led an elite delegation in charge of VVIP receptions at a Tokyo State Guesthouse hosting foreign government dignitaries for three years and was invited to act as an adviser for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Bid Committee in 2013.

The success of PRH over the last few years is a result that Yamane attributes to staff. “It’s about our talented people,” he said. “And we’re going to continue to invest in leadership and training and providing a benefit package that makes sense to people today.”

Pope appointed chief accounting officer at Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment (MGE) has named Haven Pope chief accounting officer.

In this role, Pope oversees a comprehensive system of financial reporting and analysis for MGE and its subsidiaries globally to promote future growth and development. He will report directly to SVP/CFO Carol Anderson and 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, he will optimize core processes and systems throughout the accounting organization to drive efficiency across the brand and conform with professional accounting standards and best practices within the industry. He will manage and direct all external financial reporting and retain a strong financial accounting team that aligns with MGE’s core values and strong brand identity—developing, motivating and retaining top talent.

Pope brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience with him as he joins MGE’s leadership team. Most recently he served as the senior director of accounting & internal controls for Caesars Entertainment Inc. While at Caesars, he led a team covering multiple centralized accounting functions across the Caesars Entertainment brand, specializing in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls and financial reporting. Additionally, he led strategic finance transformation projects and directed accounting compliance for most areas of the entertainment resort brand.

Prior to his career at Caesars, he worked for CarMax Inc., Deloitte & Touche LLP and Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, with significant experience in technical accounting, accounting policies, internal controls, financial reporting, finance transformation and an array of financial auditing and reporting.

With this change, Peter Roberti will transition to the role of VP of finance/corporate treasurer, covering treasury operations, tax support and capital structure activities.