Gaming Commission CEO departs after two years
The chief executive of the island’s gambling watchdog appears to have left the post after two years, according to his professional networking account.
Jean Major’s LinkedIn page said his tenure at the helm of the Bermuda Gaming Commission ran until December 2022.
He was listed as the principal of JLM Consulting, also from this month, and the entry indicated he was self-employed.
Mr Major’s page showed he was a consultant for regulatory and policy strategy in gaming, racing, alcohol and cannabis in the Greater Toronto Area of his native Canada.
His appointment at Bermuda’s gaming commission was announced in November, 2020 after what was said to be an “extensive” search to fill the post.
Mr Major was previously the chief executive officer and registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
During his time leading the BGC, the island’s first casino licence was granted to the St Regis Bermuda Resort in St George’s, announced in October.
A statement from the commission said then that the opening date of the gambling venue was “entirely dependent on the casino operator meeting all legislative requirements for opening which will be subject to the commission’s review and approval”.
Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy and Labour, said last month that there was “no further update” on when the island’s first casino would open; launching the sector is part of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan.
The gaming commission – earlier known as the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission – was first led by executive director Richard Schuetz.
He resigned the post in July 2017 – almost two years after his appointment – but continued in the role for some time before he left Bermuda in December that year.
Deborah Blakeney, who was the gaming commission’s general counsel, became executive director in an acting capacity.
The Royal Gazettereported in February 2019 that she had left both roles.
Julie Grant, the organisation’s chief financial officer, became acting executive director.
By July that year, Curtis Dickinson, then the Minister of Finance, said that a potential new executive director for the organisation was identified.
The Gazettereported in January 2020 that a suitable candidate for the permanent post withdrew interest “before the completion of the recruitment process”.
When asked about Mr Major’s apparent departure as chief executive of the BGC, the commission’s chairwoman Cheryl-Ann Mapp said that a press release was being prepared.
Mr Major could not be contacted for comment.