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Wynn Protégé Aziz Returns to the Fold

Wynn Protégé Aziz Returns to the Fold

Gamal Aziz, former president and chief operating officer of MGM Hospitality, has been appointed president and COO of the new Wynn Resorts Development LLC. Aziz opened the Bellagio in 1998 as the hotel’s senior vice president, a post he held until 2000. Most recently, Aziz was president and COO of MGM Hospitality.

Company founder and chairman Steve Wynn said Aziz will work directly with him to develop resorts in North America and Cotai. “Gamal’s return to our company will give us a tremendous boost as we begin 2013,” he said.

At MGM Hospitality, Aziz helped complete more than two dozen hotels in markets around the world. Prior to that, he was president and COO of MGM Grand. He also has held executive positions at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the Plaza in New York, the Westin Hotel in Washington, D.C., and the St. Francis in San Francisco.

The return of Aziz is the strongest indication to date of Wynn’s plans to expand into non-gaming resorts and expand his holdings outside of Las Vegas.

Aziz previously worked with Wynn on developing the Bellagio.

MGM Resorts has seen a recent exodus of executives from the company. In December, Bobby Baldwin took over for Bill McBeath as president of Aria at CityCenter. Later that month, Mirage President Felix Rappaport announced his departure. MGM Resorts COO Corey Sanders is running the hotel casino until Rappaport’s successor is named.

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