Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 | 8:32 p.m.
Thomas McCartney’s reign as president of Planet Hollywood has ended before his planet could make a full rotation around the sun, just two months shy of a year.
McCartney is moving on to Tropicana, employees of Planet Hollywood and Tropicana were informed tonight. A news release is planned for tomorrow morning making the news official.
McCartney is set to start Dec. 15 at Tropicana under the new ownership of Alex Yemenidjian, who took over the venerable hotel on the Strip and Tropicana Avenue in July.
McCartney’s move coincides with reports that Harrah’s Entertainment is moving to acquire Planet Hollywood, which is currently operated by Robert Earl, who hired McCartney away from the Luxor in January to replace Michael Mecca.
Known for his sharp wit and zeal for rebranding hotel-casinos, McCartney has spent 25 years in the resort industry, the past 12 in Las Vegas with MGM Mirage, first at New York-New York with Felix Rappaport, and later at the Luxor, where he again teamed with Rappaport to forge a large-scale renovation of that hotel. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, McCartney was with Caesars Palace in Atlantic City.
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