James J. Murren (Jim) is Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, headquartered in Paradise, Nevada.
Jim Murren attended Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, CT, where he was a member of the Flying Tigers cross country team coached by J. Carter O’Dwyer. Murren received his undergraduate degree at Trinity College where he studied art history and urban planning and continued studies in Rome, Italy. He joined the Wall Street firm of Cyrus J. Lawrence as a securities analyst, and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst certification in 1991.
He was elected a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, becoming the youngest member ever of the company’s board. During his career on Wall Street he brought about a pivotal recapitalization of MGM Grand, Inc. in 1996, and served as a Managing Director and the Director of U.S. equity research for Deutsche Bank.
In 1998, he moved to the corporate sector, joining MGM as CFO and member of its Board of Directors. In 1999, he became President, and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007; he became Chairman and CEO in December 2008, his 10th year at the company. Under his tenure, the company embarked upon an extremely successful decade of growth. Murren was the architect of $15 billion of acquisitions including Primadonna Resort & Casino in 1998, Mirage Resorts in 2000, and Mandalay Resort Group in 2005 acquisitions that helped transform MGM into the world’s largest gaming company. He was repeatedly honored as the gaming and lodging industry’s top CFO by Institutional Investor magazine.
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