Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, operators of Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Pennsylvania and manager of multiple properties throughout the United States and internationally, appointed two new senior executive staff members to support its growing and dynamic brand. The introduction of Michael Silberling as SVP and COO and Tom Smock as SVP and general counsel round out the core executive leadership team MGE has been developing over the last 12 months.
“The background and experience Michael Silberling and Tom Smock bring to their new roles is directly aligned with Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment’s goal to become the premier global gaming and entertainment resort developer and operator,” Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, said in a statement. “With the impressive strength of MGE’s new C-suite executives, I am confident that we have assembled one of the best management teams in the industry, and with these key leadership positions now filled, we are shifting forward to aggressively and innovatively grow our product offering and our organization in both domestic and international markets.”
Silberling brings more than 30 years of experience in leading all facets of multiple global integrated resorts across the U.S. and internationally. Before joining MGE, Silberling served as CEO for Affinity Gaming, where he led a business turnaround that created significant guest service and operating margin improvements. Before that, Silberling was president of international operations for Caesars Entertainment and managing director for London Clubs International, where he oversaw 15 casinos across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Smock officially joined the company on Oct. 1 to lead MGE’s legal and compliance functions. Smock brings more than 20 years of experience as an executive and in-house counsel at various casino gaming companies, including general counsel at Aristocrat Technologies and special counsel of gaming operations at Penn National Gaming, with significant experience in Macau, China and South America. Prior to MGE, Smock was SVP and general counsel and compliance chair for all of the Las Vegas Sands Asian-based companies, where he was instrumental in the development and opening of the region’s first foreign-owned casino, Sands Macau and also supported the development of the Venetian Macau and the internationally known Cotai Strip.