USA – An American businessman and former politician; Brian Sandoval, has today announced that he is stepping down as president of global hospitality firm and casino operator; MGM Resorts International, to pursue the role of President of the University of Nevada.
Brian Sandoval joined MGM Resorts International as President of Global Gaming Development under Chairman and CEO James Murren in January 2019.
MGM Resorts International, operator of leading casino establishments Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, today released a statement on Sandoval’s departure:
“We are grateful to Governor Sandoval for all that he has accomplished in his time at MGM Resorts. He helped to advance our efforts in Japan, in jurisdictions where we were seeking expanded access, and areas where we pursued sports betting opportunities. We wish him the very best in pursuit of this next opportunity and thank him for his commitment to MGM Resorts.”
Sandoval attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and economics in 1986.
In response, Governor Sandoval, who in 1999, at the age of 35, became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the Gaming Commission of Nevada, said:
“I’m grateful for the opportunity and privilege to have worked at MGM with Jim Murren and Bill Hornbuckle, two of the giants in the gaming industry, and the amazing MGM family. Having accomplished my goals at MGM, I have decided to put my time, energy and public and private experience to work as an applicant to become the next president of the University of Nevada, Reno. I am thankful for the experiences I had, and the people I got to know, while at MGM and wish everyone good health and safety during these challenging times.”
During his time on the Gaming Commission of Nevada, Sandoval fought national efforts to block gambling on college sports events, worked on regulations limiting neighbourhood gaming and worked for regulations prohibiting slot machines with themes attractive to children.