Mitchell Etess, chief executive of the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, says he plans to retire next year, but will stay on in a transition.
Etess told investor analysts of his decision on a conference call Thursday. He said he'll remain with the parent company of the Mohegan Sun casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania beyond the end of his contract on June 30, 2015.
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Etess joined Mohegan Sun nearly 19 years ago as senior vice president of marketing.
The Mohegan Sun failed to get a foothold in Massachusetts with casino proposals, but is in the running for a casino in New York's Catskills region.
The authority expects to have a successor in place by April 1.
The 56-year-old Etess said he plans to spend more time with his wife, Karen, and play more golf.