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Seneca Gaming Corporation announces departure of CEO

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – The Seneca Gaming Corporation recently announced the departure of President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Hansberry.

Hansberry joined Seneca Gaming Corporation in October 2002 as a “day one” employee, and has served as president and CEO of SGC since February 2007.

“We are grateful to Brian for his dedication to SGC over the past seven years. He has been an integral part of the corporation’s growth and success. Our action today builds upon the Seneca Nation Council’s recent reform-oriented actions, as well as those of the SGC board of directors, and is largely driven by the recognition that meeting our future goals in these challenging and uncertain economic times requires a new direction,” said Seneca Gaming Corporation Chairman Cochise Redeye.

Catherine A. Walker, the corporation’s COO, has been authorized by the SGC board to act as president and CEO on an interim basis. Walker joined SGC in March 2008 after working for the Trump organization since 2000, during which time she held the position of general manager at the Trump Indiana Hotel Casino, the Trump Taj Mahal Casino and, most recently, the Trump Marina Hotel Casino. She has also held executive positions for Harrah’s Entertainment and Players Island Hotel Casino. Prior to starting her career in operations in 1995, Walker served 13 years as assistant general counsel for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

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“We have been impressed over the past year with Ms. Walker’s steady and innovative approaches to many of the difficult challenges our industry has faced,” Redeye said. “We have every confidence in Cathy’s ability to work with the board in implementing our priorities.”