MGM Resorts Confirm Jonathan Halkyard’s Appointment

The appointment of Jonathan Halkyard as CFO for the multinational gaming, hospitality and entertainment organisation has been confirmed by MGM Resorts International.

More recently, he was the President and CEO of Extended Stay America Inc and ESH Hospitality, its paired-share REIT, a senior corporate executive who spent 13 years in leadership positions at Caesars Entertainment.

He will report to President and CEO Bill Hornbuckle and succeed Corey Sanders, who was recently named COO of the company.

Complimenting a strong and committed team

Of Halkyard’s appointment Hornbuckle 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.

“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.”


As COO, Halkyard will be a member of the senior management team and will be responsible for all financial operations across the vast national and international portfolio of MGM Resorts, as well as investor relationships, accounting, treasury, procurement and tax.

Paul Salem, Chairman of the Board said: “On behalf of the MGM Board of Directors, I am delighted to welcome Jonathan to MGM Resorts.

“We look forward to working with Jonathan to drive continued focus on disciplined execution of our strategic business plan, our long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and future growth and development.”

On his appointment..

Halkyard added: “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.

“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.”

Halkyard has held roles as CFO, COO and, most recently, CEO in the gaming, hospitality and energy industries throughout his career as a business executive with public company experience.