MGM appoints former Nevada Governor to help sports betting policy efforts

Brian Sandoval takes up new development role the day after leaving office

MGM has appointed newly-departed Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as its president of global gaming development.

In his new role, Sandoval will focus on “state public policy efforts around sports gaming,” with the aim of “solidifying the Company’s leadership in the growing sports betting market”.

He will also “drive MGM Resorts’ global expansion efforts”, with a key focus on Japan.

The announcement was made Tuesday, the day after Sandoval left office.

“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.”

Sandoval served from 2011-2019 as Nevada’s first Hispanic Governor.

“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 and 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.”

As part of the hire, MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle will now lead global casino marketing, with a specific focus on Macau.

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