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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 8, August 2014, Posted On: 7/17/2014

Chuck E. Cheese's Names Thomas Leverton Chief Executive

Emily Jed
TAGS: Chuck E. Cheese's CEO, CEC Entertainment Inc., amusement business, pizza-arcade chain, Thomas Leverton, Apollo Global Management, Topgolf, Lance Milken

Thomas Leverton, Chuck E. Cheese's, CEC CEO
Thomas Leverton
IRVING, TX -- CEC Entertainment Inc., parent of the Chuck E. Cheese's pizza-arcade chain, has appointed Thomas Leverton as its new chief executive. He succeeds Michael H. Magusiak, who retired in June.

Earlier this year, CEC Entertainment announced that it was being acquired by a private equity firm for $1.3 billion. New York City-based Apollo Global Management agreed to pay $54 a share in cash for the FEC operator. | READ MORE

Leverton most recently was chief executive of Topgolf, a chain of golf entertainment centers. Prior to that, he was chief executive of air medical operator Omniflight and a high-ranking official at FedEx Office.

"I am confident that, with Tom's experience in the entertainment and restaurant industries, demonstrated success growing businesses and strong track record as a seasoned leader, we are poised to offer an unparalleled customer experience by further elevating the Chuck E. Cheese's brand," said CEC Entertainment chairman Lance Milken, who is a partner at Apollo Global Management.

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