Ex-governor Sandoval aligns with MGM to lead global expansion

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Former Nevada governor Brian Sandoval has joined MGM Resorts as president of global gaming development, with group president Bill Hornbuckle getting set to lead worldwide casino marketing efforts.

Sandoval is to be charged with driving global expansion, placing a particular emphasis upon Japan, and focus on state public policy efforts around sports gaming, as well as solidifying leadership in the growing sports wagering sector.

“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,” Sandoval said of the new position.

“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.”

Hornbuckle is to be responsible for leveraging global assets and reputation to drive growth and maximise value, with an added marketing focus expected to enhance overall growth in Macau.

Of the new focus, Hornbuckle commented: “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.

“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.”

Jim Murren, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO, explained: “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.

“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.”