Speaker Profiles

JIm Murren

JIm Murren

Chairman & CEO

MGM Resorts International

Jim Murren became Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts
International in 2008, just as the global financial crisis approached its
crescendo.  In the face of monumental
challenges, he stabilized the company by rallying its 50,000 employees and
leading a $3.8 billion financing effort that pulled MGM back from the

 Although well known in the financial
industry, Jim’s early interest was in art and urban studies, a passion which
evolved during his undergraduate years at Trinity College,
where he studied art history and urban planning. 

 Murren's first exposure to the financial
markets began when he joined the Wall Street firm of Cyrus J. Lawrence (CJL) as
a securities analyst.  He earned his Chartered
Financial Analyst certification in 1991 and quickly rose through the ranks eventually
becoming the youngest member of the company's board of directors in its
100+-year history

 Murren had established himself as a leading
analyst in the restaurant, hotel and gaming industries, engineering a pivotal
recapitalization for client MGM Grand Inc. in 1996.  His status as an innovative thinker and
cutting-edge analyst was cemented when he served as a Managing Director and the
Director of U.S.
Equity Research for global banking giant Deutsche Bank.

 In 1998, Murren joined MGM Grand Inc. as
CFO and a member of its board.  He was
the architect of $15 billion worth of acquisitions over the next seven years,
transforming MGM into the largest gaming company in the world.

 In 1999, the board added President to his
title, and he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007.  As COO, Murren had crafted an extensive
reorganization of the company and imagined and inspired the development of
CityCenter, which is now providing new jobs and careers for 12,000 men and

 One year prior to the historic opening of
CityCenter, Murren was named Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts.

 John Mack, Chairman and CEO of Morgan
Stanley believes that “Jim’s background and experience with financial markets,
management and operations has enabled him to provide exceptional leadership to
MGM during an unprecedented period of turbulence in the economy and capital

 A long-standing member of the Board of
Directors of the American Gaming Association, Murren was elected as its
Vice-Chairman in 2012. 

 Murren is an active participant in a number
of civic and non-profit organizations, including serving as a trustee of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He was an
original founder of the Nevada Cancer Institute, and is currently a member of
its Board of Directors. 

 He and his wife, Heather, have been married
for 19 years.

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