Ronald Baumann will step in as regional president of Caesars Entertainment and their three New Jersey casinos in Atlantic City, pending approval from the NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Baumann has had several jobs for properties owned by Caesars Entertainment in Atlantic City and has overseen their properties in Maryland and Pennsylvania as well.
The Atlantic City press recently reported that the NJ Casino Control Commission had a vote planned on Wednesday, October 30 in order to give Baumann a temporary key employee license for Caesars. This comes at a time when Caesars is dealing with many internal issues, the main one being their merger with Eldorado Resorts.
Baumann has been employed by Caesars Entertainment for 17 years. If his new position with the gaming giant is approved, he will oversee the three Atlantic City casinos of Bally’s, Caesars, and Harrah’s Resort. He held a similar position in Pennsylvania and Maryland as regional president, overseeing the Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack and the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.
Baumann has not solely worked for Caesars Entertainment, as he also has worked with other major casino companies such as Chicago’s Rush Street Gaming and Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino. He attended college in New Jersey at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and he earned his MBA in Philadelphia at Villanova. His current post until his new one is granted is the head of the Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Indiana.
If Baumann’s appointment is approved, it will fill an important position at Caesars Entertainment where there has been a void since Kevin Ortzman was relieved of his post in early August. Ortzman was in the New Jersey leadership role for Caesars for seven years and left his post shortly after the company’s former regional vice president for marketing, Jocelyn Agnellini-Allison, filed a federal lawsuit against Caesars and Ortzman over her dismissal.
The suit alleges inappropriate behavior by Ortzman and a female employee at a Caesars event. The claim, filed in May 2019, also stated that there was a hostile working environment at Caesars while Ortzman was at the helm. Agnellini-Allison also went on to say that Caesars did not deal with her complaints in an adequate manner.
In July 2019 Caesars came out and denied the allegations made against the company, but they still ousted Ortzman just a few weeks later. According to the New York Post, Ortzman was terminated after an internal review and Caesars Entertainment declined to make a comment on the situation.