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July 12, 2010

Cathy Walker named new Seneca Gaming CEO

NIAGARA FALLS — The Seneca Gaming Corp. officially named Cathy Walker the president and chief executive officer of the Seneca Nation casino operations Monday.

The announcement comes on the heels of her approval from the Seneca Nation of Indians Council and the Gaming Corp.’s board of directors. Walker fills the void left by former President Brian Hansberry, who parted ways with the Gaming Corp. in spring 2009.

After serving for 13 years as the assistant general counsel for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, Walker began her career in casino operations in 1995. Prior to joining Seneca Gaming Corp., she held executive positions with the Trump organization, Harrah’s Entertainment and Player’s Island Casino.

“I am extremely grateful to the corporation’s board of directors and the leadership of the Seneca Nation of Indians for this tremendous opportunity,” Walker said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on our management team and with our board members on building upon Seneca Gaming Corporation’s track record of results-oriented operations and providing world-class service to our patrons.”

Walker joined Seneca Gaming Corp. in 2008 as chief operating officer and has been serving as its principal executive officer since the spring of 2009.

Despite a difficult economy, the Gaming Corp. has continued to expand this year, completing a $9 million expansion of Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, purchased hundreds of new slot machines for Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, and opened the $25 million Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in the Town of Lewiston.

“Cathy’s leadership and resolute focus on responsible operations have been instrumental in our ability to weather the economic downturn as effectively as we have,” Seneca Gaming Corp. Chairman Kevin W. Seneca said in a released statement. “We have every confidence in her ability to continue to provide stable, intelligent and effective leadership for the Corporation both now and into the future.”

In formally assuming the Corporation’s top managerial role, Walker will oversee three casino properties with more than 3,500 workers, 6,500 slot machines, 140 table games, 800 hotel rooms, 10 restaurants, a golf course and other related operations.

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