Two leadership changes occurred at MGM Resorts in December, revealing what could be some subtle jockeying for position as the company continues to grow and expand.
Longtime gaming industry executive Bill Hornbuckle has been named president of MGM Resorts International, filling a role formerly held by CEO Jim Murren. Hornbuckle will continue to serve as the chief marketing officer of MGM Resorts, a position he has held since 2009.
Hornbuckle will report to Murren, who credited him with expanding the company’s powerhouse customer loyalty program, M Life.
“Bill Hornbuckle is widely regarded as one of the most strategic and effective leaders in the hospitality and entertainment industry,” Murren said in a statement. “He has been focused on growing the company’s relationships with our customers and guests. He has achieved this with significant success.”
Hornbuckle has held several high-ranking positions with MGM Resorts since the company’s buyout of Mirage Resorts in 1999. He oversaw the company’s expansion in Macau and is currently in charge of its quest for a casino license in Massachusetts.
Before joining the company, Hornbuckle was president of Caesars Palace and helped open the Mirage in 1989.
Meanwhile, Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip, has resigned.
The 49-year-old McBeath notified Murren of his planned departure, which was later announced to employees. CityCenter CEO Bobby Baldwin will assume McBeath’s duties.
McBeath served as president and COO of CityCenter’s Aria hotel-casino since October 2007, two years before it opened, and also oversaw operations at CityCenter’s Vdara condo-hotel.