Former exec returns to Foxwoods as marketing VP

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Steve Karoul, who has more than three decades of casino industry experience, was named Monday as the new vice president of casino marketing at Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods.

The Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprises, which runs the two entertainment and casino complexes, said Karoul will plan and implement promotional programs for both properties and will also be responsible for managing Foxwoods and MGM Grand's special events and activities.

In his new role, Karoul will report directly to Robert Victoria, who is Foxwoods and MGM Grand's chief marketing officer.

William Sherlock, president of the Mashantucket Pequots' gaming enterprises group, said Karoul is an important addition to Foxwoods and MGM Grand.

"Steve Karoul's years of experience, along with his thorough knowledge of the industry, will be a major asset to our marketing department," said Sherlock. "We couldn't be happier to have him on board here at Foxwoods and MGM Grand at Foxwoods, and we look forward to accomplishing great things together."

Karoul is familiar with Foxwoods, having worked as a vice president of marketing previously, from 1999 to 2006. He most recently served as senior vice president of strategic casino marketing for the Las Vegas Sands Corp.

There, Karoul was responsible for staffing and organizing its new Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore, one of the world's largest and most expensive casinos.

Karoul also has served as the president and chief executive officer of the Ciragan Palace Casino in Istanbul, Turkey. Other assignments include serving as vice president of international casino marketing at Caesar's World in Las Vegas and as executive director of international marketing for the Sun City Casino in South Africa.

He also has done consulting work on a global basis, including for the Ritz Club in London, and he serves as a lecturer in the industry and has written numerous articles on casino-related marketing issues.

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