MGM announces

Sep 20, 2010 4:17 PM

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International (MGM) shook up his organization last week with promotions and new assignments.

Named Murren’s No. 1 assistant was Corey Sanders who becomes chief operating officer.

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"Over a year ago," said Murren, "we promoted Corey Sanders to chief operating officer of our core brand properties and Bill Hornbuckle to the new position of chief marketing officer for our company.

"Corey’s exceptional operating experience and keen knowledge of financial strategy and discipline will benefit the entire company in this expanded role."

Sanders joined MGM in the mid-90’s and has held a variety of executive positions since then.

On the international front, Murren named Gamal Aziz as president and CEO of MGM Hospitality in answer to "the overwhelming response to the globalization of our high-end resort brands (that) has driven the early success of MGM Hospitality."

Thus far, the company said, it has announced projects in the development pipeline of Beijing, Sanya, Chengdu and Tianjin in China; Egypt, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Ho Tram in Vietnam.

Replacing Aziz will be Scott Sibella while Felix Rappaport will leave his post at Luxor and Excalibur to take the top position at The Mirage. Renee West moves into his spot while Chuck Bowling will take her position at Mandalay Bay.

Overseeing the company’s regional properties will be George P. Corchis, Jr., who becomes COO of regional operations.

And, in the final announcement, the company said Steve Zanella has been promoted to general manager of MGM Grand Detroit.