Tilak Mandadi Appointed By MGM Resorts For Digital Strategy Drive

Tilak Mandadi has been appointed to the newly formed role of Chief Strategy, Innovation, and Technology Officer at MGM Resorts International. He’ll be in charge of the company’s digital strategy, which will focus on generating growth and innovation through technology-driven customer-centric experiences, products, and services.

He will also be in charge of corporate strategy and innovation, as well as managing the company’s partnership with BetMGM, which he will join on the Board of Directors.

Essential part of our business

He will be based in Las Vegas and will report to Bill Hornbuckle, the company’s CEO and President, who stated: “We are incredibly proud to have Tilak join our executive leadership team to drive an essential part of our business and guest value proposition at such a critical time. 

“Tilak’s experiences at both Disney and American Express, along with his high-caliber track record as a visionary, results-driven leader, will be invaluable as we emerge from the pandemic and continue growing our premier, global gaming entertainment business and channels through innovative, customer-centric technology platforms and an ever-expanding digital, gaming and entertainment footprint.”

Dramatic transformation

Paul J Salem, Chairman of the Board, added: “In recent years, MGM Resorts has embarked on a dramatic transformation which includes developing and attracting an exceptional group of renowned leaders in the C-Suite. 

“Our team features great industry veterans with deep experience, as well as several new additions such as Jonathan Halkyard, our Chief Financial Officer, Steve Zanella, our Chief Commercial Officer and Jyoti Chopra, our Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer, all led by Bill Hornbuckle, a world-class CEO and industry leader. 

“Adding Tilak to the management team will enhance and accelerate our growth strategies tied to innovative customer experiences and digital and data-driven business transformation. We are committed to developing a diverse bench of executive leadership with extraordinary talent to envision, design and create the future of gaming and entertainment.”

Decades of experience

Mandadi joins MGM Resorts with decades of experience as a strategic thought leader in Fortune-100 and start-up firms, most recently serving as executive vice president of digital and global chief technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.

He headed a big, diversified worldwide team in that post since 2013, enabling guest-focused growth strategies for theme parks, resort hotels, cruise lines, and numerous travel, retail, and food and beverage lines of business.

Mandadi said: “I’m excited to join MGM Resorts at such a transformative time for the entire industry. I’m delighted to join the management team and, along with my colleagues, create compelling and immersive customer experiences at the intersection of responsible gaming and entertainment, and build new, profitable and sustainable lines of revenue.”

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