MGM Resorts International has named former Caesars Entertainment executive Jonathan Halkyard as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Halkyard, who replaces Corey Sanders in the role after the latter was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, will report directly to MGM President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle and be responsible for all financial activities across MGM Resorts’ extensive domestic and international portfolio, as well as Investor Relations, Accounting, Treasury, Procurement and Tax, the company said.
“Jonathan brings the right mix of financial discipline, investor acumen, operating experience and seasoned corporate leadership to MGM Resorts at a vital time in our evolution,” Hornbuckle said. “His passion for hospitality, considerable experience in gaming, previous stewardship of strong balance sheets and investor credibility make him an excellent choice to complement our strong and committed leadership team.”
Halkyard previously spent 13 years with Caesars, starting in finance at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe before progressing to become Caesars’ Vice President, Treasurer, Senior Vice President and Executive Vice President at various stages. He was appointed CFO in 2006 and led the M&A charge for Horseshoe Gaming, the World Series of Poker, Caesars Entertainment and London Clubs International.
Halkyard joined Extended Stay America as COO in 2013, focused on streamlining operations across 680 properties before being names interim CFO in 2014 and CFO in 2015. He was later appointed CEO in 2017.
Halkyard is a Director of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Director of Shift4 Payments, Inc and is a Trustee of the International Center for Responsible Gaming. He holds his M.B.A. from Harvard University and his B.A. from Colgate University.
“After a career largely spent in hospitality and gaming, I am excited and proud to become part of the senior leadership team at one of the world’s most iconic gaming, hospitality and entertainment destination brands,” said Halkyard.
“We face the greatest challenges to corporate management in recent history and I am eager to get to work and continue the fine legacy of executive management at MGM Resorts.”