MGM Mirage CEO will give reins to new generation


By Brad Kessie - bio | email

LAS VEGAS, NV (WLOX) - The man in charge of MGM Mirage is retiring.  Terry Lanni told the company on Thursday he would leave his post as Chairman and CEO on November 30, but will remain as a member of the Board of Directors. MGM Mirage is the parent company of Biloxi's Beau Rivage.

In a company news released Mr. Lanni said, "I have served as Chairman for more than 13 years and have seen this company grow from owning one resort in Las Vegas to 17 resorts internationally, with joint ventures around the world. I believe it is now time to step aside from full-time engagement and turn over the reins to the new generation. I am recommending to the Board of Directors that Jim Murren succeed me as chairman and CEO. Jim is fully equipped to lead the company through these turbulent times in the global economy and take it to new levels of growth and success."

Lanni, 65, guided MGM Mirage through periods of unprecedented growth, including mergers with Mirage Resorts (2000) and Mandalay Resort Group (2005). He also led the business through uncertain economic times, especially in the aftermath of the tragedy of 9-11. "The Company will always be indebted to Terry for his many years of leadership and wisdom. We are delighted that he will remain as a member of the Board and that the Company will have available his wealth of experience and institutional knowledge," said Kirk Kerkorian, majority shareholder of MGM MIRAGE.

MGM MIRAGE President and COO Jim Murren said, "I respect Terry's personal decision and I am honored that he is recommending me to the Board to serve as his successor. I will continue to devote all of my energies to this great company. As a direct result of Terry's leadership, we have a remarkable depth of seasoned management and I am confident of our Company's ability to manage through the current economy and emerge stronger, more vigorous and well-positioned to capitalize on future opportunities as the economy rebounds from its current slowdown."

The MGM MIRAGE Board of Directors will take up the issue of formally naming Mr. Lanni's successor at an upcoming meeting.