Former Tech CEO Greg Spierkel Will join the MGM Board
A number of different huge position changes have been announced by casinos and resorts in recent days. The most recent of which is the announcement that former technology CEO, who has roots in a number of different organizations will be joining the MGM board. It will be interesting to see how this changes things within the company and whether his tech related insight will provide the company with any benefits. Greg Spierkel has been highly regarded within the tech industry and it is not surprising to see the gaming industry become interested in his services.
The casino giant voted in the new board member on Tuesday during a regular voting session. He had previously been the CEO of Ingram Micro, a micro computing company that had a lot of different products rise to prominence while he was at the helm of the company. It was clear that he was looking for new challenge in recent interviews, which obviously fueled his interest in the gaming industry. He had been the CEO of the company for more than seven years and during that time had overseen excellent growth for a company in a booming industry, which is where many expect the gaming industry to be over the course of the next few years.
The appointment was announced by the MGM CEO Jim Murren. He said that the unique addition to the team will bring in a new form of leadership that will help to drive the company to the top. It will be interesting to see how his role in the boardroom changes things for the company and whether or not the company is going to be making a bigger online push into the industry.
As of late, online gaming has become a hotspot in many of the gaming news sources. While states are preparing their own legislation, they are also awaiting federal decisions on the matter before going in full bore. The appointment of Greg Spierkel shows that the company is considering the tech industry giants a valuable commodity during this time, and this isn’t all that surprising in the long run.
There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when a company as large as this makes a move like this, and the reliance on the tech industry for new board members is likely connected to the technology that the company is going to be using when they make the push into online gambling, which is expected to come at one point or another in the near future. The company has made their plans for this relatively clear, and it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in their strategy following the appointment of Spierkel. It will certainly be interesting to see if the company makes any changes moving into the future that fall in step with this one. If more tech giants are brought onto the board and in other positions you can expect to see other companies follow suit to match them.