MGM appoints former Nevada governor to lead expansion efforts

MGM Resorts International said it has appointed former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as president of global gaming development to spearhead the group’s global expansion, particularly in Japan.

He will also focus on state public policy efforts around sports gaming, the company said.

With the Governor joining the team, MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle will now lead global casino marketing in particular to help drive growth in Macau.

“Few leaders are as widely respected, accomplished and knowledgeable as Brian Sandoval, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him as part of the MGM family,” said MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren. “Governor Sandoval brings an unparalleled level of skill, leadership and experience to the company, and we will benefit greatly from his in-depth expertise in gaming, public policy and economic development.”
Sandoval, who is returning to the private sector for the first time in more than 20 years, has been a legislator, gaming regulator, attorney general and a federal judge as well as governor.

“MGM Resorts is a global leader in gaming and entertainment, and I look forward to joining the MGM team led by Jim Murren, someone who I greatly respect. Jim has formed critical relationships in Japan and in sports, and I look forward to building upon this strong foundation,” he said.