New York-listed casino operator Caesars Entertainment has confirmed that long-serving executive Janis Jones Blackhurst will be joining the company’s board of directors.

Blackhurst replaces Richard Schifter, who resigned from his position on the board of directors last week.

Blackhurst currently serves as executive vice president, public policy and corporate responsibility at Caesars, a role she will vacate on October 1.

Before joining Caesars in 1999, Blackhurst served two terms as mayor of Las Vegas. She was the city’s first female chief executive and one of its most popular mayors, having been re-elected in 1995 by a 72 per cent margin.

During her time at Caesars, she grew the industry’s first Responsible Gaming practices to include an ambassador model for the gaming industry and the first industry code of commitment.

Shares in Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NSQ:CZR) closed up 0.35 per cent at $11.55 per share in New York Monday.