Toronto, ON --- At its meeting today, the Woodbine Entertainment Group Board of Directors appointed James J. Lawson a Vice Chairman of the Company. He will serve alongside Clay Horner as the Company's two Vice Chairmen.
Lawson has served as a WEG Director since June 2008 and sits on the Company's Thoroughbred Racing Committee, which he chairs, Standardbred Racing Committee, Pension & Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. He is also Chairman of the Jockey Club of Canada and is active in the racing industry, both as an owner and as the manager of Jim Dandy Stable, a breeding and racing operation of the late Mel Lawson who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2010.
Lawson is the Chief Executive Officer of Westerkirk Capital, a private investment company based in Toronto with substantial holdings in the manufacturing, real estate and hospitality industries.
"The WEG Board has benefited immensely both from Jim's horse racing industry perspective as well as his significant leadership experience in various Canadian public and private corporations," said WEG Chairman David S. Willmot. "As a Vice Chair, Jim will provide counsel and expertise at a critical time for our Company. The horse racing and breeding industry is facing extraordinary challenges and Jim will play a vital role in helping us to navigate through the many difficult decisions which lie ahead."
"I am pleased to take on the additional role of Vice Chairman," said Lawson. "I have a long held passion for this industry and I look forward to working more closely with the Company's management team and Board of Directors as we work to ensure that WEG is able to meet the challenges and, importantly, seize the many opportunities."