Brad Stone was a respected member of the LVS executive management team that has had a well known falling out with Chairman Sheldon Adelson. There has been a lot of speculation recently that Mr. Stone was on his way out due to the Adelson relationship and also personal reasons. The release did indicate that Stone was leaving for “personal reasons” which is at least partly true. Mr. Stone has been going through a divorce.
I’m not sure the Brad Stone and LVS marriage is over, however. I think Mr. Adelson might be interested in retaining Mr. Stone and negotiations could be going on currently. While the departure announcement should not be a surprise, any reconciliation would be, and should be considered a positive. Stay tuned.