James J. Murren, Chair
Chairman & CEO
MGM Resorts International
Jim Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International in December 2008. He leads a company of 62,000 employees that provides world-class hospitality and entertainment experiences through its 15 properties located in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev., Michigan, and Mississippi.
He joined MGM in 1998 after spending more than a decade on Wall Street, where he was regarded as a leading analyst in the restaurant, hotel and gaming industries. His arrival at MGM coincided with a dramatic period of growth, including the addition of The Mirage and Mandalay Bay groups to the company’s portfolio.
He is the visionary behind CityCenter, the unprecedented urban resort destination that opened on the Las Vegas Strip in 2009 featuring centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter – a sophisticated mix of resorts, residences, conference facilities, dining and retail -- is the largest “green” development in the world using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter demonstrates daily that sustainability enhances the guest experience.
Mr. Murren graduated from Trinity College after majoring in Art History and Urban Studies. He has since balanced a substantial professional life with a profound commitment to service to the community. With his wife, Heather Hay Murren, he founded the Nevada Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution and Vice Chair of the American Gaming Association, which he will lead as Chair in 2014. Casino Journal magazine named him its 2013 Executive of the Year.
A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, Mr. Murren was named a winner of CR Magazine’s 2013 Responsible CEO of the Year award.
He is also an active supporter of numerous not-for-profit and academic organizations including Trinity College and The Johns Hopkins University.