1493784872588 - New SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens excited by casino’s developments

New SkyCity chief executive Graeme Stephens excited by casino’s developments

SkyCity’s new boss has officially started.

Graeme Stephens was welcomed to the casino company Wednesday with a powhiri under Auckland’s Sky Tower.

Stephens was last year named as the replacement to Nigel Morrison, who had resigned from SkyCity last April.

Stephens was the chief executive of Sun International, a casino, resorts and entertainment company listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange.

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SkyCity chairman Chris Moller said at the time of Stephens’ appointment he had extensive experience developing casinos.

“His record managing a diverse and fast-growing listed company, operating in a variety of locations, makes Graeme the best person to lead SkyCity as we progress the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson Street hotel projects, redevelop our Adelaide Casino and plan the next stage of SkyCity’s strategy,” he said.

On Wednesday, Stephens was welcomed by representatives from Auckland iwi Ngati Whatua.

He was given a korowai, or hand-woven ceremonial Maori feather cloak, designed especially for him.

“It’s wonderful to finally be in the country starting in my new role,” Stephens said.

“SkyCity is an exciting, diverse, innovative organisation with a number of developments in the pipeline over the coming years, and plenty of potential beyond that.

“It’s a real privilege to be joining at such a positive time for the business and I’m really looking forward to my future here at SkyCity.”