LEDYARD, CT (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Robert Victoria, the chief marketing officer at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the casino's number 2 exec during interim president William Sherlock's tenure, abruptly resigned from his post on Monday.
According to the New London Day, Victoria cited personal reasons for his resignation but did not elaborate. "I am leaving for personal reasons that I am not comfortable disclosing," wrote Victoria in an email to The Day.
Scott Butera, the casino's president and CEO told The Day that there was nothing "out of the ordinary" in Victoria's exit and that there were no other executive departures anticipated. Butera took over the posts of president and CEO last month.
"We're thankful for what he (Victoria) did for us. We wish him well," Butera told the Day. "We'll be handling our marketing with our existing staff."
Victoria was a key figure in developing several innovative sponsorship agreements for the casino in recent years, including a multi-year deal with Live Nation to be a 'presenting sponsor' at the House of Blues in Boston in early 2010. Victoria also negotiated a three-year naming-rights deal with Live Nation in August over the Foxwoods Theatre (formerly The Hilton). The theatre is presently the home to the controversial and vastly expensive B'way production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."
"It's the crown jewel of our sponsorships," Victoria told The Day in August, in reference to the deal. "Every time they say 'Spider-Man,' they'll say 'at the Foxwoods Theatre.' "
Victoria also oversaw the development of a deal between the casino and Madison Square Garden that put Foxwood's logo on the jerseys of the Women's National Basketball team the New York Liberty, rivals of the Connecticut Sun, who play in the Sun Arena at Foxwood's chief competitor, the Mohegan Sun. Foxwoods expanded this deal in December 2010 to include exclusive rights to the last five minutes of television advertising during professional hockey and basketball games at the Garden.
While no financial terms for these deals has been disclosed, it is likely that they were multi-million dollar agreements. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers