MGM Resorts International has appointed Uri Clinton as president and chief operating officer of Empire City Casino in Yonkers, New York, which MGM acquired in May this year for $850m.

Clinton will oversee daily operations at Empire City and provide strategic direction and leadership for the property. As per his previous role, Clinton will continue to explore development opportunities for MGM Resorts in Connecticut and New York.

“Uri’s proven leadership and wide range of skills have been instrumental in the company’s development efforts in New York and Connecticut, and he will continue to build on those successes with this new role,” said MGM Resorts president Bill Hornbuckle.

“Empire City is already known for its world-class integrated gaming, racing and dining experience, and we are thrilled to welcome Empire City to the MGM Resorts family. We look forward to further solidifying MGM Resorts’ presence as the entertainment leader on the east coast and in the New York City region.”

Clinton will take up the role in January, once the acquisition transaction closes and associated licensing requirements have been fulfilled.

Clinton joined MGM Resorts in 2014. He provided legal advice and counselling on gaming jurisdictions before mnoving to the Global Development team in 2018. Prior to joining the company, Clinton held leadership roles in legal affairs with several companies, including Caesars Entertainment.