Bill Hornbuckle
, Acting Chief Executive Officer and President

A four-decade veteran of the gaming industry, Bill Hornbuckle served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International and is currently an Executive Committee Member and a Board of Director of MGM China Holdings with operations and resorts in Macau. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Growth Properties (MGM Resorts' REIT IPO), the CityCenter JV Board of Directors (a joint venture with Dubai World) and the Las Vegas Stadium Authority.

He was previously Chief Marketing Officer of MGM Resorts International from 2009 until 2012. From 2005 until August 2009, Mr. Hornbuckle served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He previously had served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International-Europe, where he worked on the development of the Company's gaming operations in the United Kingdom. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Las Vegas from 1998 to 2001.

Prior to MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mr. Hornbuckle served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He spent the majority of his career with Mirage Resorts in various senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden Nugget Laughlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Treasure Island and Vice President of Hotel Operations for The Mirage, opening the hotel in 1989.

Mr. Hornbuckle is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel Administration. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Three Square Food Bank. He is also a Founder of the Bank of George, a local banking institution. Previously, Mr. Hornbuckle served on the boards for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation, and the Andre Agassi Foundation. From 1999 to 2003, he also served as a Board Member of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Corey Sanders
, Chief Financial Officer

Corey Sanders has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for MGM Resorts International since March 2019. He provides strategic leadership and financial vision for the Company to include oversight of both corporate and property finance units, capital improvement projects, and new development initiatives. In addition, Corey is responsible for all aspects of corporate finance, including financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, investor relations, merger and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions.

Mr. Sanders previously served as Chief Operating Officer of MGM Resorts International. In this capacity, he oversaw the Company’s wholly owned properties which include Bellagio, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM (formally Monte Carlo), Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus Las Vegas, MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage, Gold Strike Tunica, Borgata, MGM National Harbor, and MGM Springfield as well as multiple Corporate departments. Prior to that he served as Chief Operating Officer for the Company’s Core Brands and Regional properties where he worked with the Chairman and CEO as well as the Property Presidents on a variety of initiatives aimed at growth opportunities and improving operating efficiencies for the Company.

In his tenure with the Company, Mr. Sanders has also served as Executive Vice President of Operations for MGM MIRAGE, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for MGM Grand Resorts, Executive Vice President and CFO for MGM Grand, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Finance, and Tax Director for MGM Grand.

Mr. Sanders received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA.

Atif Rafiq
, President of Commercial & Growth

Atif Rafiq is President of Commercial & Growth at MGM Resorts International. In this role, Atif leads companywide strategy and transformation to evolve guest experience and drive growth of the business.

As the lead commercial officer, Atif manages all revenue streams and their drivers, including brand positioning, customer strategy, guest offerings, end-to-end experience and business models. He oversees several functions including Marketing, Brand, Revenue Management, Analytics, Digital, Engineering, IT and Data Science.

Previously, Atif formulated and drove one of the largest digital transformations in the world at McDonald’s as Senior Vice President and Global Chief Digital Officer. Atif joined MGM Resorts in May 2019 from Volvo Cars, where he led strategic initiatives to embrace business model change through digital subscriptions, developed direct-to-consumer relationships, introduced a wave of connectivity services for cars and created partnerships with tech giants as Chief Digital Officer and Global CIO. He possesses significant experience with culture change, organizing a company around customers, recruitment of new tech-savvy talent, and business model evolution.

Atif has been at the center of Internet and digital disruption for over 20 years, building on 15 years of experience in pure play tech companies such as Amazon, Yahoo! and AOL where he led large scale, fast growing digital businesses. Atif has also been the Founder / CEO of a Silicon Valley start-up, Covigna, which he led from inception to exit.

He began his career at Goldman Sachs as a financial analyst, supporting companies such as Borders, Kmart, PetSmart, Lockheed Martin and other corporations on M&A and fundraising.

Atif holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics-Economics from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

John M. McManus
, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

John M. McManus is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for MGM Resorts International. In this role, he is responsible for oversight of the Company’s legal affairs as well as the government affairs, corporate communications, corporate security, risk management and compliance departments. Mr. McManus works closely with members of senior management and the Company’s Board of Directors. He joined MGM in 2001 and has served as counsel in various capacities at the parent company and its operating subsidiaries during his tenure.

Before joining the Company, Mr. McManus held the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for the Sahara Hotel & Casino and worked as an associate attorney with the Las Vegas law firm of Schreck, Jones, Bernhard, Woloson & Godfrey.

Laura Lee
, Senior vice President of Human Resources

Laura Lee is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for MGM Resorts International. In this role, she oversees recruitment, hiring, compensation, training, employee engagement and cultural development for the Company.

Previously, Ms. Lee was the Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Regional Operations, leading all human resource and cultural integration at the Company’s regional properties across the U.S.

She is proud to work for a company that is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and tries to ensure that her efforts reflect these values. In addition to being named one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes, MGM Resorts has received numerous awards for its dedication to diversity and inclusion in 2019 alone. 

She began her career with MGM Resorts in 1989, serving on The Mirage’s opening team as a VIP Services Representative. After completing the Management Associate Program in 1993, she joined the pre-opening team for Treasure Island as Employee Services Manager. She returned to The Mirage in 1997 as Employee Relations Manager and was subsequently promoted to Director of Human Resources in 2004.

During her extensive career with the Company, Ms. Lee has also served as Director of Human Resources at Circus Circus Las Vegas, Vice President of Human Resources at The Mirage, Vice President of Human Resources at Bellagio and Vice President of Human Resources at Mandalay Bay.

She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Personnel Management from Arizona State University. In addition to being a proud MGM Resorts Diversity Champion and a graduate of the Company’s Executive Leadership program, Ms. Lee is also a graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas program.

Debra Deshong
, Senior Vice President of Communications and Global Industry Affairs

Debra DeShong is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Global Industry Affairs for MGM Resorts International. In this role she oversees both external and internal communications as well as the development of messaging strategies for issues impacting the Company around the world.

Ms. DeShong has more than two decades of experience in public policy, communications and international relations. Prior to working at MGM, she was the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Public Affairs at Subject Matter, a public relations and communications firm in Washington, D.C.

Her prior experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, working as a founder and executive at Washington public affairs firms Point Blank and Five by Five and holding top communications positions with the United Nations Foundation, U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, the Democratic National Committee and the John Kerry for President campaign.

Ms. DeShong has a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairfield University.

Jyoti Chopra
, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Sustainability Officer

Jyoti Chopra is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. In this role she drives social impact and sustainability programs and is responsible for directing enterprise-wide initiatives and serving as staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ corporate social responsibility committee.

Ms. Chopra is an award winning diversity, inclusion and sustainability leader. Prior to her role at MGM Resorts, she was Senior Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Pearson Plc., an education technology and UK FTSE 100 company, where she was a member of the senior leadership team.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Chopra served as Chief Diversity Officer and Managing Director of Global Citizenship and Sustainability for BNY Mellon as well as the global leader for communications and public relations at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and as a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch & Co.

Ms. Chopra holds an MBA with distinction from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from New York University. She also serves as a member of the Diversity Advisory Board for Toyota Motor North America and serves as an advisor to the Global Talent and Diversity Council for the Asia Society.