"Today's integrated resort and casino industry is taking on an increasingly higher profile across the country and around the world as it embraces new technologies and explores new growth opportunities," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "These changes create demands on the international as well as U.S. federal and state legislative and regulatory levels, as well as ongoing interest for our company in new and diverse markets from North America to Asia," Murren said.
"This is also a new era for MGM Resorts and our industry, requiring increased focus on effective communications with all of our stakeholders – from employees to customers to guests to suppliers to public policymakers," Murren added.
Murren announced the promotion of Alan Feldman to Executive Vice President of Global Government & Industry Affairs, Clark Dumont to Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Jenn Michaels to Senior Vice President of Public Relations. Feldman and Dumont report to Murren while Michaels reports to Bill Hornbuckle, MGM's President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Alan Feldman - Executive Vice President, Global Government and Industry Affairs
Feldman is one of the industry's most recognizable and trusted executives, and has brought increased focus to the company's government and regulatory areas as well as ongoing work in industry affairs. Feldman will continue as the MGM's principal spokesperson, especially on industry issues.
Feldman was chosen to Chair the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and has been a leader in the American Gaming Association of which Murren will become Chairman in 2014.
In recent years, Feldman has increased his focus in support of the company's development activities where he works closely with Hornbuckle.
Feldman joined MGM in 1990 as Vice President of Public Relations. Prior to that, he was a Senior Account Supervisor for Hill + Knowlton, one of the largest public relations consultancies in the world. During his more than five years at the agency, his accounts included Mirage Resorts, Proctor & Gamble, Yamaha Motor Corporation and United Airlines. He also held positions with Carl Byoir & Associates and the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2002, the Casino Management Association honored Feldman as the Gaming Professional of the Year. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications from the American Gaming Association (AGA).
Feldman's community leadership activities include the Board of Directors of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and the Executive Committee of the Las Vegas Centennial Commission. He also served as a member of the Vision Stakeholder Group, which was created by the Nevada Legislature to develop the first strategic vision plan in Nevada's history. Feldman began his career in Public Relations after attending UCLA where he studied Theatre Arts.
Clark Dumont - Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
In recognition of the increased focus and importance of communications, the Corporate Communications function is being unified to include Public Affairs, Executive Communications, Internal Communications, and Corporate Responsibility Communications.
Dumont has significant and diverse experience in developing, planning and leading communications strategies within large and complex organizations. Since joining the company in 2011, Dumont has brought focus and organization to communications strategies surrounding the company's award-winning Corporate Responsibility programs. This area, Murren said, would continue to be instrumental to the company's success.
Dumont previously served in several senior communications positions with BAE Systems, Inc., an international aerospace and defense company, and was Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Nevada Cancer Institute. He was previously with WellPoint Inc., where he served as Director of Regional Corporate Communications for the company's Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Northeast region. He also served as Vice President of Corporate Relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire. He began his career as a broadcast journalist.
Dumont has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from The American University and a Master's Degree in Communications Management Corporate Communications from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications. He is accredited as a public relations practitioner by the Public Relations Society of America (APR) and is a member of the Board of Directors of Nevada Development Authority, the National Dean's Council of the Columbia School of Arts & Sciences at George Washington University, and the Dean's Council at the Greenspun School of Urban Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Jenn Michaels – Senior Vice President, Public Relations
Michaels spearheads national, international, regional and local consumer media relations for the company's resorts, and is responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies in support of all of their entertainment, food and beverage, hotel and retail amenities and attractions. In her new role, she will develop and execute digital media strategies as well as increase international awareness of the company's resorts and offerings. She also oversees M life Magazine, the magazine that chronicles the company's entertainment and hospitality offerings to visitors from around the globe.
Michaels joined Mirage Resorts, a predecessor company, in 1992 and has led and supervised major company efforts including the opening of CityCenter, the opening of Bellagio and the addition of its Spa Tower in 2005, as well as the introduction of numerous entertainment spectacles and events.
Michaels has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Arizona. She joined Mirage Resorts through its Management Associate Program and is a recent graduate of the Metro Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Las Vegas program. She also has been recognized as one of Las Vegas' 40 under 40 Businesspeople to Watch by In Business Las Vegas and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, North America's most recognized organization of travel media.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
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