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Victoria expands royal commission into Crown Resorts (ASX:CWN) as new evidence raises fresh concerns
Crown’s hotel and casino complex in Melbourne. Source: Jason Reed/Reuters.
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  • Crown Resorts (CWN) announces Crown Melbourne CEO Xavier Walsh will "cease his role" in two weeks
  • This announcement comes just before the Victorian Royal Commission into the state's casino operator resumes
  • Mr Walsh joined the company in 2008 and became the CEO of Crown Melbourne in December 2020
  • Crown will announce an interim CEO after consultation with Victorian authorities
  • On the market, Crown is up 1.23 per cent, trading at $9.04 per share

Crown Resorts (CWN) has announced Crown Melbourne CEO Xavier Walsh will stand down from his role.

This announcement comes just before the Victorian Royal Commission into the casino operator resumes.

Today, Crown announced Mr Walsh will "cease his role" in two weeks. However, he will be able to assist the company until December 9.

Mr Walsh joined the company in 2008 and became the CEO of Crown Melbourne in December 2020.

Crown will announce an interim CEO after consultation with Victorian authorities.

Earlier this year, the Royal Commission was launched into Crown's Victorian operations, following a report that found Crown not suitable to hold a casino licence in NSW.

Last week, former member of the Crown board John Poynton was called as a witness to the Perth Casino Royal Commission.

Crown Perth is similarly being investigated for money laundering, junket operations, Crown's reporting of suspicious transactions and its management of problem gambling.

The commission is also looking to find out if Crown Perth allowed junket operators and participants to continue to visit the casino even after being banned from the casino in Melbourne.

On the market, Crown was up 1.23 per cent, trading at $9.04 per share at 12:18 pm.

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