The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation today announced the appointment of Jason Guyot as Foxwoods Resort Casino’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. With nearly twenty years of resort management experience as a gaming and hospitality leader, Guyot assumed the role of Interim CEO in April, 2020 and was instrumental in effectively leading Foxwoods through one of its most challenging and difficult years. He assumes the role at a pivotal time as the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation sought to redefine its post-pandemic resort experiences and propel Foxwoods toward its 30th Anniversary milestone next year, celebrating its position as the Northeast’s destination for innovative gaming and award-winning entertainment.
“What Jason has done over the past twelve months has been remarkable, taking the helm of Foxwoods at the onset of the pandemic, building safety guidelines from the ground up to ensure guests feel safe, and championing a new kind of culture for our team members,” says Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. “This is a special milestone for Foxwoods as well as our tribal family. There is simply no one more qualified, passionate or worthy to advance our growth strategies and position Foxwoods for a brighter, successful future. Jason Guyot is the right leader with the right vision to drive Foxwoods through its next phase of evolution, and we are equally proud that Jason is our first Pequot CEO.”
Guyot led Foxwoods’ COVID-19 response team, developing and implementing the resort’s extensive safety measures across its 9 million square footprint, effectively setting the industry standard for health and wellness hospitality protocols. He was instrumental in accelerating Foxwoods’ expansive evolution from a gaming-centric outlet to a true destination resort over the years, leading strategic experience-based developments including HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods, MONZA World-Class Indoor Karting, Foxwoods Guy Fieri’s Kitchen + Bar, Sugar Factory and much more. These diverse offerings allowed Foxwoods to define what it means to be an integrated resort destination.
“I am very honored to be appointed Foxwoods’ President & CEO – a role that means everything to me,” says Guyot. “I’ve been very fortunate to have been afforded the unique opportunity to begin and advance my career at Foxwoods, driven by my desire and passion to learn and grow, personally and professionally. As a tribal member, I’m equally grateful for the opportunity to contribute toward the future success of our tribal nation. I remain personally invested in and fiercely committed to the ongoing growth of our resort, as well as our team members and tribal members, and I look forward to continuing to offer our guests superior hospitality as well as the memorable experiences they’ve come to expect from Foxwoods Resort Casino.”
In the coming months, Guyot is focused on expanding and bolstering Foxwoods’ offerings for guests, while continuing to keep safety top-of-mind.
A lifelong Connecticut resident, Guyot began his career at Foxwoods in 2003, starting as an Employment and Diversity Manager, working his way through senior roles across human resources, marketing, gaming, and hotel operations. He oversaw the expansion and opening efforts for the Fox Tower in 2008 before taking on the role of Senior Vice President of Resort Operations, guiding the property’s food and beverage, hotel operations, resort services, engineering and resort sales and development divisions.
Guyot holds a bachelor’s degree from Mitchell College in Connecticut and attended the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, where he completed the General Managers Program. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Connecticut Special Olympics and Connecticut’s Tourism Advisory Council. He resides in Stonington, CT with his wife and daughter.