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Peermont announces new CEO

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Johannesburg – Leading hospitality and gaming group, Peermont Hotels Casinos and Resorts, announced Nigel Atherton as the new Group CEO on Thursday 22 September 2016. Atherton was previously Joint Acting CEO and Emperors Palace Complex Operations Executive.

The Peermont Board of Directors also announced Thabo Mokoena, previous Joint Acting CEO and Development Executive of the Group, as Deputy CEO. Both appointments are effective 1 October 2016.

The appointments follow former CEO Anthony Puttergill’s departure earlier this year. Puttergill currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Peermont.

Atherton is a qualified CA who, prior to joining Peermont, worked for KPMG as an auditor and has retail property experience. After joining in 1999 as an accountant, he has held various positions and has served as Emperors Palace Complex Operations Executive, Peermont’s flagship casino resort, since April 2013. 

“This is a great privilege, and an honour for me, to take up this appointment and lead Peermont to new heights. I will be leading an excellent team of people who have produced industry-leading margins over the years,” commented Atherton.

Thabo Mokoena, newly appointed Deputy CEO, joined the Group when Peermont acquired Tusk Resorts in 2006. He has served as Regional Chief Operating Officer, and most recently as Group Development Executive.