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Atlantis Appoints Its First Female President

Atlantis yesterday confirmed it has promoted from within to replace Howard Karawan, making Audrey Oswell the resort's first female president and managing director.

Ms Oswell has risen through Atlantis's executive ranks, having served as chief gaming officer from 2011 to 2013, before taking the post of chief operating officer from 2016.

Andrea Balkan, managing partner of Brookfield Asset Management, Atlantis's owners, said: "We are extremely pleased that Audrey will elevate her leadership role at the resort, especially as she was an integral part of the team that was involved in creating the new vision and direction of Atlantis.

"Audrey is not only deeply experienced in the resort and casino space, but she brings a level of compassion and knowledge to this role. We look forward to sharing the ongoing success of Atlantis across the highest levels of guest service, experience and industry-leading innovation."

Ms Oswell added: "We have an incredible team of over 7,500 associates in the Bahamas, and in offices around the world, that support the work we do with marine life, the ocean and the country.

"I am proud to lead the team on our continued journey to bring the amazement of Atlantis to our guests. We remain wholly committed to our goal of supporting the ecology and economy of the Bahamas, and bringing it all together effectively to provide and create authentic Bahamian experiences for our guests."

Ms Oswell takes over after Mr Karawan and Atlantis "parted ways", following his one year in the top post.

She has more than 30 years' experience in the hospitality and gaming industry. Prior to joining Atlantis, she served as the interim chief executive/chief operating officer for Seneca Gaming, and has also served as president and chief operating officer at Caesars; as chief executive at Resorts International in Atlantic City; and as chief operating officer at Fountainbleau in Las Vegas.

Ms Oswell holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BS from Temple University.

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