SkyCity unveils three new executives 

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Three new executives have joined the SkyCity Entertainment team in New Zealand.

Gambling Insider reports that Callum Mallett is to be appointed as chief operating officer New Zealand, in charge of the New Zealand businesses day-to-day operations of SkyCity Auckland.

Mallett currently holds the position of executive general manager hospitality at the Auckland venue.

The current general manager of SkyCity Adelaide David Christian will hold the position of chief operating officer Australia.

He will lead the Adelaide property that recently unveiled its A$330 million expansion, including the Eos by SkyCity hotel and refurbished facilities of Adelaide Railway Station.

Executive general manager gaming Matthew Ballesty has been appointed chief casino officer.

He will manage the casino operations at SkyCity Auckland, as well as provide strategic direction on all gaming products across the SkyCity Entertainment Group.

The three internal appointments to the senior management team will take effect from February 1.

Chief executive officer of SkyCity Michael Ahearne said he thoroughly reviewed the lineup before final approval.

The new additions are set to replace the management that left the company at the end of last year.

Back in November, former chief executive officer Graeme Stephens announced his leave; chief financial officer Rob Hamilton and chief managing officer Liza McNally also announced they stepped down from their roles at the same time.

SkyCity reveals more about its Adelaide casino redevelopment 

SkyCity Entertainment Group has revealed details of its much anticipated Adelaide Casino redevelopment, which is set to include Australia’s first brewery in a casino.

Casino Beats reported in November that the redevelopment, dubbed The District, is a “key pillar” of the group’s ongoing $330 million Adelaide transformation, which hopes to develop a “world class” integrated casino and entertainment precinct.

The District hopes to bring together all venues on level one in the current Heritage Building, incorporating a poker zone, sports bar, the Pirate Life microbrewery, live entertainment and bistro.

The District venue manager Jarrad Anderson said: “Aussies have always had a strong affiliation with good beer and places to drink it…live music, great food and watching sport is also part of our culture. Being able to find it all under one roof is our point of difference.”

The District at SkyCity will feature a mezzanine level, allowing increased capacity for live entertainment, where customers can enjoy Pirate Life beers tailor made for the venue.

Pirate Life was founded in Adelaide in 2014 by Michael Cameron, Jack Cameron and Jared Proudfoot.

Proudfoot, Pirate Life co-founder and brewing director, said there’s a lot to be excited about as the first series of Pirate Life beers made exclusively for The District are introduced.

“Our first brew is the District Draught, brewed with Pale and Munich Malt, the District Draught is fresh, familiar and ready to session,” he commented.

“A hop free boil means ultra-low bitterness, with notes of citrus. It pours golden straw, with a generous pillow of foam. Expect aromas biscuit malt and nashi pear, with subtle notes of lime. The palate is malty, with a mild body and a clean, moreish finish.”

Other significant transformation works undertaken in the Heritage Building include a repaininting of the Marble Hall for the first time since the Adelaide Casino opened in 1985 and refurbishment and extension of the Baccarat Pavilion.

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