Betsy Atkins | Wynn Resorts. Photo: Courtesy of Wynn Resorts
Wynn Adds Three to Board
CEO says women appointments of Atkins, Myers and Webb mark “turning point” for embattled company
Wynn Resorts’ board announced that it has expanded to 11 members, with the appointment of Betsy Atkins, Margaret (Dee Dee) Myers and Wendy Webb. The additions come more than two months after company founder Steve Wynn resigned in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The new appointees join eight existing board members—seven men and one woman (Patricia Mulroy). Here are more details on them:
Atkins is a three-time ceo, serial entrepreneur and founder of Baja Corp., an independent venture capital firm focused on technology, renewable energy and healthcare. Previously she was ceo of NCI, a creator and manufacturer of nutraceutical foods such as PowerBar, and ceo of Clear Standards, which developed enterprise-level software for energy management and sustainability.
Margaret (Dee Dee) Myers
Myers is executive vice president for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs at Warner Bros. Entertainment. She’s consulted extensively in strategic and crisis communications and reputation management, and was the first woman to serve as White House Press Secretary during President Bill Clinton's first term. Myers has worked as an analyst, commentator and writer, as well as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Why Women Should Rule The World.”
Webb is ceo of Kestrel Advisors, which advises corporations on growth initiatives, governance, investor relations and strategic issues. Her background includes 20 years as a senior executive at The Walt Disney Co., including the position of senior vice president of investor relations and shareholder services.
Board chairman D. Boone Wayson describes the addition of the trio as “the first step in our effort to refresh the board. We intend to add additional new directors in the coming months. The board is committed to enhancing value for our shareholders, delivering superior experiences for customers and creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all of the company's employees."
Adds ceo Matt Maddox: "We’ve made it a priority to implement meaningful change at Wynn Resorts and are committed to elevating our corporate governance practices and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace … These appointments signify a turning point for us, and I look forward to working with each of our new directors as we usher in a new era at Wynn."
The Las Vegas-based luxury hotelier-casino operator owns and runs Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace, Cotai, and is also constructing Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Massachusetts.