The Star Sydney CEO resigns after eight months in role

The chief executive of Star Entertainment Group’s flagship Pyrmont casino has resigned, just eight months after he was appointed.

Scott Wharton, who also heads the group’s transformation division, will leave the company on April 28 after being appointed chief executive officer of ASX-listed salary packaging business Smartgroup from July 17.

Star Entertainment will appoint a new chief executive of Star Sydney after the departure of Scott Wharton. Credit:Louise Kennerley

Star Entertainment Group’s chief executive and managing director Robbie Cooke said a leadership restructure would follow, with a replacement for Wharton to be announced soon.

“We are well positioned to announce shortly Scott’s successor as chief executive officer for Star Sydney,” Cooke said.

Nicola Burke, the general manager of transformation, will be the new chief transformation officer. She’ll be charged with overseeing the remediation of the group after a shocking period after two independent inquiries found extensive anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism failings in QLD and NSW.

“We still have a lot of work ahead, but the board and the management team have an unwavering focus on proving our suitability to hold casino licences in NSW and QLD,” Cooke said.

Wharton was appointed chief executive officer of Star Sydney in July.

“My sincere thanks to Robbie, the board and the teams I’ve led for their support and assistance since joining The Star. It has been hugely rewarding to contribute alongside so many committed, hard-working leaders and team members.”

The resignation fell on the first day of the group’s new chairman, David Foster, who officially succeeded Ben Heap on Monday.

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