Former Caesars exec named CEO of Affinity Gaming

The neon sign at Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino is shown in this, July 1, 2013, file photo.

Affinity Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino company with properties in Nevada, Colorado and the Midwest, announced today that it hired a Caesars Entertainment veteran as its new CEO.

Michael Silberling is succeeding David Ross, effective immediately. Silberling worked in the United Kingdom as president of international operations for Caesars.

Affinity announced in February that Ross would step down.

Affinity operates 11 casinos in four states, including the three Primm casinos and the Silver Sevens on Paradise Road.

In a company statement, Affinity Chairman Rich Parisi praised Silberling as a “seasoned gaming executive whose skills, adaptability and impressive track record of success add tremendous value to Affinity.”

Silberling said joining Affinity is a “great privilege.”

“There is a meaningful opportunity to establish Affinity as the premier operator of regional gaming assets,” he said. “I look forward to leveraging my operational and regional experience to ensure that Affinity grows its competitive position in the markets in which it operates.”

Silberling will also serve on Affinity’s board.

The company announced three other appointments to the board today: James Zenni, Andrei Scrivens and James Cacioppo.

Zenni is president and and CEO of Z Capital Partners LLC, where Scrivens is a managing director, and Cacioppo is managing partner and portfolio manager of One East Capital Advisors, LP.

All of today’s appointments need licensing and regulatory approval.