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 resorts 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.
A native of Fairfield, CT, Mr. Murren graduated from Trinity College after majoring in Art History and Urban Studies. He has since balanced a substantial professional life with service to industry and the community. He is Chair of the American Gaming Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. In 2013, he was named by President Obama to serve on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
A leader in the area of corporate responsibility, he is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Corporate Responsibility Association, a professional society for corporate responsibility practitioners. In 2013, he was named a Responsible CEO of the Year by CR Magazine. Casino Journal magazine named him its 2013 Executive of the Year.
With his wife, Heather Hay Murren, he founded Nevada Cancer Institute. He is also an active supporter of numerous not-for-profit and academic organizations including Trinity College and The Johns Hopkins University.