Park Place Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: PPE) today announced that Steven Bell has been named to the new position of senior vice president, human resources, effective May 9. The announcement was made by Thomas E. Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of Park Place Entertainment, which owns, manages or has an interest in 29 gaming resorts operating under the Caesars, Bally’s, Paris, Flamingo, Grand Casinos and Hilton brands.
Bell, is responsible for all of Park Place Entertainment’s employee-related matters, including recruitment, training, development, benefits and compensation. He joins Park Place Entertainment from Teligent Corp., where he served as senior vice president, human resources, of the telecommunications and Internet services company.
Bell reports to Gallagher, and is based at Park Place Entertainment’s corporate offices in Las Vegas.
“Steve brings tremendous experience to an area that’s vital to Park Place’s long-term success,” Gallagher said. “We’re committed to hiring, retaining and developing the best people in the gaming entertainment business. In an industry where demand for talent and expertise can outstrip the supply, we’re pleased to have someone with Steve’s experience leading that effort.”
Bell said, “I’m excited to join Park Place, which is the gaming entertainment industry leader. In the hospitality business, people truly make the difference, and I look forward to working with all the Park Place team, 60,000-strong, to assure that we are the employer of choice.”
Prior to joining Teligent, Bell served as vice president, human resources and organizational development, for Comsat Corporation, former owners of the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche and movie producers Beacon Communications Corp. Comsat also provided satellite communications services to domestic and international customers.
Before joining Comsat, Bell was vice president, human resources, for American Express Corporation’s technology division, a worldwide organization that provides American Express travel-related services with all data processing and information management. Previously, Bell held human resources management positions with Sprint International and Martin Marietta Data Systems.
Bell, a native of Wareham, Mass., holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut, and served as an assistant varsity basketball coach for his alma mater from 1972 to 1976. He and his wife, Donna, are relocating from the Washington D.C. area to Las Vegas.