Melco’s Kevin Benning Takes Over As Studio City Head, Geoff Andres Returning To Manila

Studio City International Holdings has announced that Kevin Benning has officially taken over as Senior Vice President, Property General Manager of its Macau integrated resort, Studio City, replacing Geoff Andres in the role as of Thursday 10 December 2020.

Benning, who until recently oversaw City of Dreams Manila as Chief Operating Officer of Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (MRP), will be responsible for the operations of Studio City, Melco said in an announcement overnight. Andres, previously Property President of City of Dreams Manila from November 2015 to February 2018, will return to his former role in Benning’s place in what is effectively a direct swap.

The redesignation of Benning and Andres was first announced by Melco in April but was forcibly put on hold at the time due to travel restrictions that prevented the pair from traveling between Macau and the Philippines.

The company had previously undertaken a comprehensive shakeup of its executive team in September 2019, with Evan Winkler appointed President, Davis Sisk as Chief Operating Officer of Macau Resorts, Andy Choy moving from Property President of Altira Macau to Chief Operating Officer International and Raymond Lo becoming President of Altira Macau and Mocha Clubs.

Studio City, currently in the process of developing Phase 2 at a cost of around US$1.3 billion, recently completed a US$500 million fundraising initiative via an offering of Class A shares to investors that saw Melco boost its holding in the company from 54.1% to 54.7%.

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