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Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval leaves MGM Resorts

3rd April 2020 10:53 am GMT
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New York-listed casino operator MGM Resorts International has confirmed the departure of former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval as the company’s president of global gaming development.

Sandoval was brought in by MGM Resorts at the start of last year to drive the operator’s global expansion efforts, most importantly in Japan, and focus on state public policy efforts around sports betting.

He is leaving the company to pursue the position of president of the University of Nevada in Reno.

“We are grateful to Governor Sandoval for all that he has accomplished in his time at MGM Resorts,” said MGM Resorts acting CEO and president Bill Hornbuckkle. “He helped to advance our efforts in Japan, in jurisdictions where we were seeking expanded access, and areas where we pursued sports betting opportunities.

“We wish him the very best in pursuit of this next opportunity and thank him for his commitment to MGM Resorts."

Commenting on his departure Sandoval said: "I'm grateful for the opportunity and privilege to have worked at MGM with Jim Murren and Bill Hornbuckle, two of the giants in the gaming industry, and the amazing MGM family.

“Having accomplished my goals at MGM, I have decided to put my time, energy and public and private experience to work as an applicant to become the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno. I am thankful for the experiences I had, and the people I got to know, while at MGM and wish everyone good health and safety during these challenging times."

Shares in MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) closed down 2.21 per cent at $11.51 per share in New York Thursday.

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