Michael Levin retires from Las Vegas Sands board

Michael Levin retires from Las Vegas Sands boardFormer Las Vegas Sands Corp. president Michael Leven has decided to retire from the company’s board of directors.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said Leven’s retirement was effective immediately and that he was also retiring from the board of the company’s Sands China Ltd. subsidiary.

Leven joined the Sands board in August 2004 and became the company’s president and chief operating officer in April 2009. He served in that role for more than five years before retiring, but had continued on the Sands and Sands China boards since then. He was succeeded as president and COO by Robert Goldstein.

Aside from his tenure at Sands, Leven was previously the chief executive of U.S. Franchise Systems Inc., a company he founded in 1995 that franchised the Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. He also served stints as president of Holiday Inn Worldwide, Days Inn of America and Americana Hotels.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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