SOURCE: Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

October 19, 2009 16:00 ET

Harrah's Entertainment Hires Former Disney Executive as President-Strategy and Development

LAS VEGAS, CA--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. announced today that Peter E. Murphy will join Harrah's as president-strategy and development and as a member of the company's senior management team upon receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

Murphy formerly served with The Walt Disney Company until 2007. At Disney, he filled a variety of executive roles, including chief strategic officer and senior advisor to the chief executive officer. From 1998 to 2005, he was Disney's senior executive vice president, chief strategic officer and a member of the company's executive management committee. During his tenure, Disney acquired Capital Cities/ABC, Fox Family Worldwide, 40 percent of E! Entertainment Television, the Miramax Film Corporation, Baby Einstein and The Muppets, among others. He was responsible for strategy and new business development, mergers and acquisitions, technology, brand management and long-term planning for the growth of Disney's global business.

Murphy is also the founder of Wentworth Capital Management, a private investment and venture capital firm focused on media, technology and branded consumer businesses, and has served as a senior advisor to Apollo Management.

"Peter is an accomplished, thoughtful and rigorous executive who will help us significantly as we continue to identify areas for future growth and to explore opportunities created by current economic conditions," said Gary Loveman, Harrah's Entertainment's chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"In this newly created position, Peter will help us envision and execute our plans for the future growth and development of the company," Loveman said. "His work will include new domestic and international development, mergers and acquisitions and expansion of our third-party relationships with the entertainment, retail, airline, hospitality and other industries."

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 70 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's properties operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names; Harrah's also owns the World Series of Poker® and a majority interest in the London Clubs International family of casinos. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. For more information, please visit

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Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Gary Thompson
    Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
    (702) 407-6529

    Jonathan Halkyard
    Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
    (702) 407-6080