MGM Appoints Tilak Mandadi as Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer

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MGM Resorts International has appointed Tilak Mandadi as its Chief Strategy, Innovation & Technology Officer.

In this newly created role, Mandadi will oversee MGM Resorts’ digital strategy, driving growth and innovation through technology-led customer-centric experiences, products, and services. He will also lead corporate strategy and innovation, and will manage the company’s relationship with BetMGM, joining its Board of Directors. He will be based in Las Vegas and report to MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle. Mandadi will take over this new role on July 6.

Mandadi brings decades of experience to MGM Resorts as a strategic thought leader in Fortune-100 companies as well as start-ups, most recently serving as executive vice president of digital, and global chief technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Prior to his role at Disney, Mandadi led digital transformation and growth at American Express as senior vice president, Digital.

“We are incredibly proud to have Tilak join our executive leadership team to drive an essential part of our business and guest value proposition at such a critical time. Tilak’s experiences at both Disney and American Express, along with his high-caliber track record as a visionary, results-driven leader, will be invaluable as we emerge from the pandemic and continue growing our premier, global gaming entertainment business and channels through innovative, customer-centric technology platforms and an ever-expanding digital, gaming and entertainment footprint,” Hornbuckle said.

“In recent years, MGM Resorts has embarked on a dramatic transformation, which includes developing and attracting an exceptional group of renowned leaders in the C-Suite. Our team features great industry veterans with deep experience, as well as several new additions such as Jonathan Halkyard, our Chief Financial Officer, Steve Zanella, our Chief Commercial Officer and Jyoti Chopra, our Chief People, Inclusion & Sustainability Officer, all led by Bill Hornbuckle, a world-class CEO and industry leader. Adding Tilak to the management team will enhance and accelerate our growth strategies tied to innovative customer experiences and digital- and data-driven business transformation. We are committed to developing a diverse bench of executive leadership with extraordinary talent to envision, design and create the future of gaming and entertainment,” Paul J. Salem, Chairman of the Board, MGM Resorts, said.

“I’m excited to join MGM Resorts at such a transformative time for the entire industry. I’m delighted to join the management team and, along with my colleagues, create compelling and immersive customer experiences at the intersection of responsible gaming and entertainment, and build new, profitable and sustainable lines of revenue,” Mandadi said.

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