Crown today announced the appointment of a highly experienced non-executive director, as it continues to refresh its board.
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The Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX: CWN) share price is under pressure today regardless of the casino operator’s latest announcement.
During afternoon trade, Crown shares are down 0.95% to $9.38 a pop.
What’s dragging Crown shares lower?
Investors are selling off Crown shares amid Wednesday’s broader S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) slump. The weak investor sentiment comes as United States markets fell last night, with the Dow Jones dropping 1.63% to 34,299 points.
At the time of writing, the benchmark index is sinking 1.2% to 7,188.1 points.
According to today’s release, Crown advised it has appointed Anne Ward as its new independent non-executive director to the board. Although the news wasn’t enough to prop up the flailing Crown share price.
Ms Ward is an experienced company director with proficiency in business management, strategy, governance, risk and finance. She has worked across a number of sectors that include financial services, technology, healthcare, government, education and tourism.
Previously, Ms Ward has worked as a commercial lawyer and in other senior executive positions with National Australia Bank Ltd (ASX: NAB) and Minter Ellison.
Crown interim chair Jane Halton commented:
I am pleased to welcome Anne as a director. Anne brings to the Crown Board rich experience from her extensive board and executive careers. Her appointment further strengthens the mix of capability and experience as we continue the refresh of the Board.
Ms Ward is expected to join the Crown board immediately once it has received all necessary regulatory approvals.
Crown share price snapshot
Over the past 12 months, Crown shares have travelled sideways amid a series of negative updates.
Recently, the company’s auditor, KPMG, identified that legal and regulatory issues could force it to sell its assets. This comes as the Victorian Royal Commission is actively considering whether to revoke the company’s gaming licence in the state.
Crown’s full-year results recorded a net loss after tax of $261.6 million, down 429% on FY20.
The company’s shares are down 2.49% year to date. For the last 12 months they have posted a ~5% increase.
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