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Australia Crown chairman John Alexander steps down ahead of casino inquiry

09:20  24 january  2020
09:20  24 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Crown's chairman John Alexander steps down ahead of a public inquiry into the casino giant. © AAP: David Crosling Crown's chairman John Alexander steps down ahead of a public inquiry into the casino giant. Crown Resorts' executive chairman John Alexander will step down, just days after it was revealed he would be called to give evidence at a public hearing into the casino giant.

He will be replaced by former Liberal minister Helen Coonan, in a shock reshuffle that was announced after the share market closed on Friday.

Meanwhile, Crown's chief financial officer Ken Barton will be elevated to the role of chief executive.

These management changes were implemented ahead of a NSW Government inquiry — which will look into James Packer's sale of his stake in Crown Resorts to a Hong Kong-based casino operator.

More to come.

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