Fontainebleau Says Goodbye to Two More Executives as Departures Continue

Less than 30 days after the opening of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas resort, two top executives, chief operating officer Colleen Birch and chief marketing officer Shane Smith, have announced their voluntary resignations. Their departures come on the heels of the former senior vice president of casino operations, Michael Clifford, who made a similar announcement two weeks ago.

In a statement issued by a resort representative, Fontainebleau Las Vegas thanked Birch and Smith for their contributions and wished them well in the future. Smith, a Stanford graduate, joined the resort at the beginning of 2023, bringing with him expertise in casino and development from his time at Witkoff and The Palazzo at The Venetian.

Birch, who was appointed COO in November 2022, previously held positions at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and also worked as a revenue management director at Fontainebleau Las Vegas in 2008.

The $3.7 billion North Strip property, with 67 stories, boasts a 150,000 square foot casino, a variety of dining and entertainment options, and over 3,600 hotel rooms and suites. The resort’s official opening date was set for December 13, 2023, after obtaining approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

The original concept for the resort was announced in 2005 by Florida-based developer Jeff Soffer, and the project has finally come to life after two decades. Nevada Gaming Control Board’s chairman, Kirk Hendrick, expressed excitement for the project, stating that it will bring shine and glamour to a part of the Vegas Strip that has not been busy in a while.