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Foxwoods CEO Steps Down Amid Pandemic

John James Resigned To Spend Time With Family And Focus On Health


After just eight months in the position, John James stepped down from his position as CEO and President of Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

James’ resignation was effective immediately and senior vice president of resort operations Jason Guyot will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

James was hired last August after his predecessor Felix Rappaport passed away from a heart attack.

Foxwoods is one of two Connecticut casinos that have been closed since mid-March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a statement to its employees, James “left his position to spend more time with his family and focus on his overall health and wellness in a time that is critically important for all of us to do.”

Shortly after the shutdown, Foxwoods furloughed more than 5,000 of its employees and has yet to give a date for its reopening.

“The Tribal Council believes that together with our talented executive team, Foxwoods will continue to focus on managing through the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis and the re-opening of our facilities at an appropriate time in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of the members of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, our team members, and the public as a whole. We are currently focused on a strategic reopening plan which will take into consideration safe and social distancing guidelines. We will share updates as our plans are solidified,” said the Tribal Council in a statement.