MGM Resorts hires former Nevada Governor to drive Japan expansion

Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has joined MGM Resorts International as President of Global Gaming Development.

Sandoval’s new role will focus on global expansion, namely in Japan, following the country's passing of the Integrated Resort Implementation Act in July 2018.

Concurrent to the appointment, MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle will now lead global casino marketing and focus on overall growth in Macau.

Sandoval said: "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."

MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO, Jim Murren, said: "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."

Sandoval added: "Jim has formed critical relationships in Japan and in sports and I look forward to building upon this strong foundation."