MGM Mirage makes key executive changes

Oct 29, 2002 6:09 AM

   MGM Mirage last week announced several key management changes that include naming the highest-ranking female casino executive in the state of Nevada.

   Effective Dec. 1, Renee West will become the president and chief operating officer for Primm Valley Resorts. West currently serves as vice president of Human Resources for Primm Valley Resorts, a position she has held since 2000. 

   Prior to joining MGM, West held senior training and employee development roles at both Caesars Palace and Station Casinos.

   She also served as vice president of product and service delivery for Rapport Leadership International, and provided strategic planning and organizational development services for MGM Grand Inc., Stations Casinos, Caesars Tahoe, Southwest Gaming, among others.

   West will be replacing George Boyer, who will move to Detroit to assume the position of president and chief operating officer for MGM Grand Detroit. Boyer has served as Primm Valley’s top exec since 2000.

   Boyer joined the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 1995 and was quickly promoted to senior vice president of national marketing in 1998.

   In 1999 he was promoted to senior vice president of slot operations and the race and sports book. His experience in the gaming industry began at Caesars World in Atlantic City in 1986.  Prior to joining the industry, Boyer held audit positions with the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and the United States General Accounting Office.  He holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees from Wagner College of New York and is a Certified Public Accountant.

   Finally, Boyer will fill the position (effective Dec. 1) vacated by Scott Snow, who will be promoted to executive vice president of MGM MIRAGE Development.

   In his new role, Snow's responsibilities will include overseeing development and construction of a permanent casino-hotel facility in Detroit, in addition to seeking new opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

   Snow will be based in Las Vegas and will report to Ken Rosevear, president of MGM MIRAGE Development.

   Snow joined the company in 1997 as vice president of finance and treasurer for New York-New York Hotel and Casino. He joined the gaming industry in 1989 with Aztar Corporation and was previously a senior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand. Snow holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Utah University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

   The high-level changes were made to “strengthen the development team” at MGM Mirage, according to John Redmond, president and chief executive officer of MGM Grand Resorts

   "We have made the implementation of our strategic growth plan a top priority for our company," Redmond said.  "We are fortunate to have a management team rich in talent and ability.

   "We are confident that these outstanding professionals will successfully carry on the exceptional legacy of quality management and performance that our customers, employees, business partners and shareholders expect from our operations," Redmond added.