Two executives have recently left the Fontainebleau Las Vegas after it opened last month. Colleen Birch, the Chief Operating Officer, and Shane Smith, the Chief Marketing Officer, both resigned from their positions. The resort representative confirmed their voluntary resignations and extended well wishes for their future careers. These departures are in addition to the recent resignation of Michael Clifford, the former Senior Vice President of Casino Operations. Birch began her journey at Fontainebleau over a year ago, while Smith joined the company in January of the previous year.
The Fontainebleau Las Vegas is a luxury casino located on the North Strip, with a 67-story property valued at $3.7 billion. The property officially opened on December 13, 2023, but its story goes back almost 20 years. Jeff Soffer, a developer from Florida, purchased the original historic property in Miami Beach in 2005, which marked the beginning of the concept for the current facility. However, the Great Recession caused delays and complications in the property’s construction and ownership. In 2021, Soffer purchased the casino once again, this time with new partners at Koch Industries.
Before joining Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Michael Clifford had previous experience working at Crockford’s Gaming at Resorts World, Wynn Palace in Macau, and MGM Resorts International. Neither Birch nor Smith commented on their departures from the company. The recent resignations of these executives have left the Fontainebleau Las Vegas in a period of transition.