MGM Resorts International has announced that its chairman and chief executive officer Jim Murren is to step down, bringing to an end almost 12 years in charge of the operator.
Murren was appointed chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts in 2008, having worked for the business since 1998, and will serve in his current roles until a successor is appointed.
He is described as having had a transformational impact on both MGM and on Las Vegas, having been an early advocate for online gaming, then playing an instrumental role in bringing professional sports to the city.
MGM noted he was heavily involved in the building of Las Vegas’ first sports stadium, the T-Mobile Arena. He also played a role in bringing National Hockey League franchise the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Women’s National Basketball Association team the Las Vegas Aces, and National Football League franchise the Las Vegas Raiders to the city, it added.
The operator also highlighted his support for diversity, inclusion and sustainability in Las Vegas. He oversaw a period of responsible construction, resulting in CityCenter, one of the world’s largest green developments, and throughout his tenure MGM Resorts was recognised by the publication Diversity Inc as a key champion of workplace diversity.
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