MGM Resorts International recently announced that former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will join the company as president of global gaming development. Sandoval will reportedly drive MGM Resorts' global expansion efforts, most importantly in Japan, and focus on state public policy efforts around sports gaming while solidifying the company's leadership in the growing sports betting market.
With the governor joining the team, MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle will now lead global casino marketing and be responsible for leveraging MGM Resorts' worldwide assets and reputation to drive revenue growth and maximize the value contributed from the company's assets. Hornbuckle's marketing focus will also help drive the company's overall 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.
"Likewise, Bill Hornbuckle has a proven record of developing and implementing marketing strategies that excite and entertain in ways that translate to revenue enhancement and value creation. We are pleased that, with the recent launch of MGM 2020, a business operations and digital transformation program, Bill can enhance his focus on the vital role of leading global casino marketing so we can expand our market share in Las Vegas and abroad."
"As I return to the private sector for the first time in over 20 years, finding the right professional opportunity to best suit my experience as a former legislator, gaming regulator, attorney general, federal judge and governor was important to me," said Sandoval. "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."
"This is an exciting time for MGM Resorts as we continue to expand our gaming operations around the world while simultaneously transforming the company through MGM 2020," said Hornbuckle. "I look forward to leveraging our global operations and harnessing the power of new digital tools to deliver on our strategic objectives, capture market share and grow revenue."