Grant Bowie, former CEO of Macau casino operator MGM China, has resigned as a director of the Hong Kong-listed company.
No reason was given for the decision, which caps Bowie’s official association with a gaming operation he headed for more than a decade, though he will remain an advisor to MGM China, news reports said.
His replacement on the board as a non-executive director is Ayesha Khanna Molino, senior vice president of government affairs for MGM China parent MGM Resorts International, based in Las Vegas. Molino previously served as chief counsel and policy adviser to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and prior to that was international trade counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an attorney with the U.S. Commerce Department. She will serve a three-year term.
Bowie resigned as CEO of MGM China at the end of May for personal decisions related to his decision to retire, according to the company.
A 30-year industry veteran, the 62-year-old New Zealander earned his stripes in the intensely competitive Australian market. He joined MGM China in 2008 as president after serving as president and general manager of Wynn Resorts (Macau) during the latter’s arrival in the territory and helping steer the opening of its first casino there.
At MGM he oversaw the company’s MGM Macau casino hotel on the Macau peninsula and led the development of MGM Cotai, which opened in the city’s Cotai resort district in February 2018.