MGM Resorts confirms Sandoval exit

MGM Resorts International has announced that its President of Global Gaming Development and former Governor Brian Sandoval is set to leave the company in order to undertake the position of President of the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Sandoval stated: “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.”

Sandoval’s departure from the organization follows on from the announcement that MGM’s Japanese expansion has been halted and delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 global outbreak. 

Sandoval, who was key in MGM’s pursuit of Japanese expansion, was thanked for his efforts by Acting CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle: “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.”