Jim Murren

    Company: MGM Resorts International

    Jim Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008. He leads a company of 68,000 employees with 13 resorts in Las Vegas, one in Detroit, two in Mississippi and one in Atlantic City, as well as resorts being developed in Maryland and Massachusetts. Mr. Murren also serves as chairman of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns MGM Macau and is developing a resort in Cotai.Mr. Murren joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street, where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a period of dramatic growth for the company, including the acquisitions of Mirage Resorts and Mandalay Resort Group.He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter – a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail – is among the largest “green” developments globally. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates that sustainability enhances the guest experience. A native of Fairfield, Conn., Mr. Murren graduated from and is a Trustee of Trinity College where he majored in Art History and Urban Studies. He is Chairman of the American Gaming Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, Mr. Murren is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, a professional society for corporate responsibility practitioners. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Leader Award by the University of Massachusetts’ Isenberg School of Management. In 2013, he was named a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine and Executive of the Year by Casino Journal. Under his leadership, MGM Resorts International was named a FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Company in 2016.With his wife, Heather, he is actively involved in assisting wounded warriors and their families through the creation of a Fisher House in southern Nevada.

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