GGW Mentoring Committee Co-Chair
President and CEO,
Seneca Gaming Corp.

Holly Gagnon is currently the CEO of Seneca Gaming Corporation which includes Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in Buffalo, NY, and Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, NY. 

Previously she served as CEO for Chumash Enterprises for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. She is one of very few female CEOs in the gaming industry and has leveraged her vision over a 20-year career to consistently prioritize guest experience, employee engagement, and drive superior results to the bottom line.

In April 2016, Holly was named Executive of the Year by The Native American Finance Officers Association. She served as 2014 keynote speaker and panel member at one of the gaming industry’s most prestigious events, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. Holly is a founding board member of Global Gaming Women, where she chairs the mentorship committee. 

Holly has built her career working for world premier gaming organizations. She began her gaming career with the opening of Foxwoods Resort Casino, where she remained for eight years. Additionally, she served in a number of key financial and operational roles in her six years with Harrah’s/Caesars Entertainment and as Divisional Vice President of Finance and President at Gold Strike Casino, an MGM Resort property. Holly lectured for two years at the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management before returning to Harrah’s/Caesars where she served as Divisional Vice President of Planning and Strategy. Prior to joining Chumash Enterprises in late 2015, Holly served as the President and CEO of Pearl River Resort where she managed a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding effort.

Holly is a proven leader in the gaming industry and in the community. She is currently a member of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center (MAEC) Board of Directors and has been instrumental in helping to launch a mentoring program for Choctaw Tribal high school girls. Holly was awarded an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu, and received her BS in Accountancy from Bentley University in Massachusetts. She is also a CPA.