INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – Mohegan Inspire has announced the appointments of Chen Si as President and Wade Howk as Chief Operating Officer (COO), respectively.
“With Mohegan Inspire, we are expanding our horizons beyond what we once thought possible,” said Ray Pineault, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan. “Mohegan’s move into the global market is not just about growth, but also about sharing our legacy and spirit with the world. Our future is bright, and I look forward to embracing this next chapter alongside Chen Si and Wade Howk.”
As President, Si will guide strategic planning and operational results at Mohegan Inspire. His duties will involve overseeing budget and business plans to ensure the company’s vision is implemented at all levels and leading performance measurement and improvement efforts. He will also lead the company’s external relationships with government agencies and business partners and serve as the company’s Representative Director.
Si’s career has taken him around the world, working for organizations such as McKinsey and Las Vegas Sands. He brings a strong background in strategic development and international marketing, as well as a dedication to fostering teamwork and utilizing data-driven decision-making.
“I am honored to be stepping into this role as President of Mohegan Inspire,” said Si. “As we begin this next venture for the Mohegan brand in South Korea, I am motivated by the promise of innovation, rich cultural exchange and strengthened partnerships. This is an exhilarating new chapter for the brand, and I’m committed to steering Mohegan toward a future filled with inspiration and growth.”
As COO, Howk will serve as the second in command at the property. Howk’s primary responsibilities will include leading, engaging, and developing direct reports, creating an exceptional guest experience, maintaining a positive organizational culture, and establishing relationships with vital stakeholders. He will also work closely with governmental and business partners to coordinate efforts.
Howk steps into his role as COO with extensive executive experience in the gaming, hospitality and entertainment industries. Before coming to Mohegan Inspire, Howk served as Chief Financial Officer and interim President for Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati and Corporate Vice President of Strategy for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. Howk has an extensive background in operational and change management, strategic business planning, employee engagement and relationship management.
“Mohegan Inspire has always stood for innovation, passion and resilience,” said Howk. “I am excited to bring these values to new heights in my new role, ensuring that the brand remains synonymous with the excellence and visionary leadership that our guests have come to know and expect at our properties across the globe.”