(Macao, August 8, 2008) Venetian Macau Limited
(VML) today announced the appointment of Mr. Antonio Ferreira (Mr. Wu Shun-him)
as Managing Director, subject to Government approval. Dr. Luís Nuno Mesquita de
Melo, who held the Managing Director position on an interim basis, will be
appointed as General Counsel of VML and Member of the Board of Directors of VML
and associated companies, replacing Pedro Branco as General Counsel who has
decided to head up his own private practice.
Ferreira is the founder of the Wu’s
Group, which first started with operations in Macao
and successfully expanded to several countries and territories, including the United States, Japan,
Portugal, Mainland China, Taiwan
and Hong Kong.
Ferreira also plays an active role in many important Macao organizations, including the Macao
Chamber of Commerce, Kiang Wu Hospital Charitable Association and the Macau
Tung Sin Tong Charitable Society.
“We are extremely honored and
fortunate to have Mr. Ferreira join our company as Managing Director,” said
William Weidner, President of Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS). “He is a
widely-respected individual who, with more than 45 years of business experience
in Macao, will bring important insights and
perspectives to our on-going developments in Macao.
He is clearly a strong addition to our already solid management team in Macao.”
In his role as Managing Director,
Ferreira will be responsible mainly for interacting with the Macao SAR
Government on the Company’s duties and obligations relating to the Gaming
In addition to his successful
business career, Ferreira is also a noted philanthropist. He has donated generously to various teaching
and educational facilities, nursing colleges and hospitals. He has also donated significant amounts of
money to several disaster relief efforts in the region.
“I would like to congratulate Dr.
Melo on his promotion as General Counsel and Board Director. This is a
strategic appointment that will strengthen the legal service of our company. In
addition, I wish to thank Dr. Branco for his contributions and wish him well in
his private practice,” said Stephen Weaver, LVS President for the Asian Region.
About Venetian Macau Limited
Venetian Macau Limited, a subsidiary
of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE.LVS), owns and operates Sands
Macao Hotel and The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel. Opened May 2004, Sands Macao is the first
gaming facility owned and operated by an international operator. It quickly redefined the gaming experience
and set the standard for development of entertainment properties in Macao. The Venetian Macao opened its doors to the public on August 28, 2007
and is the anchor property of the Cotai Strip®, a
master-planned development of resort-casino properties in Macao.