MGM MIRAGE Announces Three Executive Promotions

February 21, 2008
Lorenzo Creighton Named President and COO of MGM Grand Detroit
Cynthia Kiser Murphey Named President and COO of New York-New York
Bill Hornbuckle Named President and COO of MGM Grand Atlantic City development in addition to his current role as President and COO of Mandalay Bay.

MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) today announced several major promotions at the company's resorts effective March 3.

"As we continue to build this company, we are fortunate to be able to rely on an unparalleled team of senior managers within our own executive ranks," said Terry Lanni, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM MIRAGE. "Each of these promotions is well-deserved," Mr. Lanni said.

Lorenzo Creighton

Lorenzo Creighton, who, since 2005, has served President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Detroit Casino. Mr. Creighton will report to Jim Murren, MGM MIRAGE President and COO.

Mr. Creighton's career has been wide-ranging, having served as an attorney, judge and gaming industry regulator. In addition, he has more than 10 years of experience in casino operations. Prior to joining MGM MIRAGE, he served as the President of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, where he made history as the Las Vegas Strip's first African-American property president. Mr. Creighton has previously held executive positions at locations such as Lady Luck in Natchez, Miss.; The President Casino in St Louis, Mo., and Bally's Casino in New Orleans.

George Boyer

George Boyer, most recently President and COO of MGM Grand Detroit Casino, remains within MGM MIRAGE, serving as a Senior Executive in MGM MIRAGE Development, a subsidiary of the Company.

Cynthia Kiser Murphey

Cynthia Kiser Murphy, currently the Senior Vice President of MGM MIRAGE Human Resources, has been named President and COO of New York-New York Hotel & Casino. She is the second woman to be named by MGM MIRAGE to head a major Las Vegas Strip property, following Renee West, who was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Excalibur in 2005 and remains in that position today. Ms. Kiser Murphey will report to Jim Murren, MGM MIRAGE President and COO.

Ms. Kiser Murphey joined the Company in 1989 and served on the Human Resources opening team for The Mirage. She then joined the MGM Grand Las Vegas opening team in 1992 and managed all Human Resources activities related to the property's opening. Her leadership was instrumental toward the creation of an in-house corporate university and an on-site child development center, as well as the design of a benefits program that is unmatched in the industry. Last year, she led the company's negotiating team during collective bargaining talks with the Culinary Union, the largest such agreement in the city's history.

Ms. Kiser Murphey is involved in a number of charitable and professional organizations and was previously named "Executive of the Year" by Human Resources Executive magazine. She has served as Co-Chair of the Health Services Coalition of Southern Nevada, a Trustee for the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union Health and Welfare Fund, and on the State of Nevada Governor's Commission on Medical Education, Research and Training.

Bill Hornbuckle

Bill Hornbuckle's responsibilities have been expanded to include the role as President and COO of the MGM Grand Atlantic City development. He will also retain his current position as President and COO of Mandalay Bay Resort. On matters relating to Mandalay Bay, Mr. Hornbuckle will continue to report to Jim Murren, MGM MIRAGE President and COO. He will report to Ken Rosevear, President of MGM MIRAGE Development on matters relating to MGM Grand Atlantic City.

A 25-year veteran of the gaming industry, Mr. Hornbuckle previously served as President and COO of MGM MIRAGE Europe, a position he assumed after spending three years as President and COO of MGM Grand Las Vegas. Before joining MGM Grand, he was President and COO for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Mr. Hornbuckle spent the majority of his career with Mirage Resorts in various senior management positions, including President and COO of the Golden Nugget Laughlin, Executive Vice President and COO of Treasure Island (TI), and Vice President of Hotel Operations for The Mirage -- opening the hotel in 1989.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the Andre Agassi Foundation, the United Way of Southern Nevada, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation. He also served on the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority from 1999 to 2003.


The $800 million MGM Grand Detroit was named as one of the "Top 10 new U.S. hotels of 2007" by Gayot and one of "53 places to visit in 2008" by The New York Times as part of the Detroit destination. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements.


New York-New York Hotel & Casino features 12 New York-style skyscrapers showcasing 2,023 guest rooms and suites. Other featured Big Apple icons include an 84,000-square-foot, Central Park-themed casino; a 150-foot-tall replica of the Statue of Liberty; and a 300-foot-long replica of the Brooklyn Bridge.


MGM Grand Atlantic City is planned to be the largest hotel and the largest casino in the market, featuring three hotel towers, 3,000 rooms and suites, major retail, convention center and resort amenities. Ground breaking is expected in 2008, with an anticipated opening in 2012.


Mandalay Bay Resort, an AAA Four Diamond Award-winning destination resort, is set on 60 lush acres and offers 3,644 rooms and suites including 424 accommodations managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The property features the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, Shark Reef and the 1.5-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center -- the largest convention center on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay's brands include THEhotel, an all-suite hotel which features 1,117 luxurious one-bedroom suites and the BATHHOUSE Spa, and Mandalay Place, a collection of 41 unique boutiques and restaurants.


MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected development companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 17 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. MGM MIRAGE is developing major casino and non-casino resorts, separately and with partners in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the People's Republic of China and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the company's website at

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