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Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
Mr. John W. R. Payne has been the President of Central Markets and Partnership Development at Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly, Harrah's Entertainment Inc.) since May 2013. Mr. Payne served as the President of Enterprise Shared Services at Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly, Harrah's Entertainment Inc) since July 2011. He served as the President of Central Division at Caesars Entertainment Corp., since January 2007. He served as Regional President of Gulf Coast Properties at Caesars Entertainment Corp., from June 2005 to January 2006. He has more than 10 years' experience with Harrah's in a variety of executive roles. Mr. Payne served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah's New Orleans, where he grew operating income at a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent during his three-year tenure. Prior to joining Harrah's New Orleans, he held positions as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah's Lake Charles, Assistant General Manager of Harrah's East Chicago, and Assistant General Manager of Harrah's Prairie Band. An active community leader, Mr. Payne is involved with the Idea Village and Teach for America. He was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to serve on the Audubon Commission Board of Directors and is a former board member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.