However, he will now also leave both his role as chair and his executive responsibilities “with a departure date to be agreed”. Star had already commenced a search for a permanent chief executive, while arrangements for an interim chair will be announced when they are finalised.
Much of O’Neill’s term as chairman had been characterised by a review into Star’s business amid accusations that the operator knowingly worked with junkets that had ties to criminal groups and that its anti-money laundering measures were insufficient.
A number of Star staff members have given evidence in a review by the New South Wales Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority into Star’s licence, which covers many of these accusations. O’Neill is scheduled to be the last witness to give evidence, on 23 May.