Park Place Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: PPE) today announced that Kim Sinatra has been named senior vice president and deputy general counsel, effective upon receipt of all required regulatory approvals. The announcement was made by Thomas E. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of the company, which owns, operates or has an interest in 29 gaming resorts under the Caesars, Bally’s, Flamingo, Paris, Grand Casinos and Hilton brands.
Sinatra will oversee the company’s day-to-day legal matters, including legal issues relating to the development of a casino/resort complex in Sullivan County, N.Y., in conjunction with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. She will split her time between the company’s corporate headquarters in Las Vegas and its Chatham, NJ, office. She will report to Gallagher and the company’s general counsel, Clive Cummis.
Sinatra joins Park Place Entertainment from The Griffin Group, where she served as executive vice president and general counsel for the closely held gaming, hotel and entertainment company owned by entertainer Merv Griffin. She served as chief legal counsel for the investment holding company, and also supervised legal, human resources and construction/development.
“I have worked with Kim for many years, beginning in New York in the late-1980s. She has extensive experience in real estate, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, finance and other areas important to Park Place’s continued growth,” Gallagher said. “She has been deeply involved as our outside counsel in our project with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe for development of a major resort-casino in Sullivan County, N.Y. We’re delighted that she has agreed to join us full time and oversee our daily legal matters while continuing her work on the Mohawk project.”
Sinatra said, “As the leader in the gaming entertainment business, Park Place faces some great opportunities and challenges as it expands its global operations. I’m excited to join Tom and his team, and look forward to helping Park Place become the preferred place to work, play and invest.”
Prior to joining The Griffin Group in 1998, Sinatra was a partner in the New York offices of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she also had served as an associate. Prior to rejoining Gibson, Dunn in 1996, Sinatra was a partner in the Miami law firm of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson.
Born in Jamestown, N.Y., Sinatra graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and received her juris doctorate degree from The University of Chicago. Sinatra lives in Summit, N.J. with her husband, William J. Silbey, and three sons.