NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – MGM Resorts International has named industry veteran Melonie Johnson President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM National Harbor. Effective Dec. 4, Johnson assumes the top leadership position at Maryland’s newest entertainment and gaming resort. She accepts the position previously held by Bill Boasberg, who was recently named President and COO of Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, MS.
Anton Nikodemus, Regional Operations President and COO for MGM Resorts, said, “We are excited to have Melonie assume this new role. Her decades of leadership experience – along with her financial expertise and strategic thinking – will serve both our company and our community well as she takes the helm at MGM National Harbor.”
Johnson has worked for MGM Resorts since 2015, serving most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica, MS. Her gaming property experience includes serving as Assistant General Manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia, Chief Financial Officer and Interim General Manager at Hollywood Casino Aurora in Illinois, and as Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Finance for Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Johnson said, “MGM National Harbor’s emphasis from day one was to bring new opportunities and experiences to Prince George’s County. I am honored to have this opportunity to help craft the next chapter. With insights from the incredible MGM National Harbor team, I intend to continue our company’s commitment to our customers, our employees and our community. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with many new friends and neighbors to further build our business and our ongoing support of Maryland, Prince George’s County, and the entire region.”
Look for coverage of MGM National Harbor in the Mid-Atlantic feature scheduled to appear in the F&D Fall/Winter issue.