MGM appoints Aaron Fischer chief strategy officer

Casino operator MGM Resorts International on Monday announced the appointment of Aaron Fischer as chief strategy officer.

Fischer, who is presently based in Hong Kong and serving as senior vice president of corporate development for MGM Resorts, has been working closely on strategies for the global development of integrated resorts in Asia.

He will relocate to the company’s corporate headquarters in Las Vegas.

As chief strategy officer, Fischer will be responsible for leading MGM Resorts’ enterprise-wide strategic planning process to include both a focus on operations and the global development of its iconic suite of Las Vegas-inspired hospitality and entertainment resort brands. As one of its primary architects, Fischer will play a leading role in communicating the company’s strategy to key partners and stakeholders, including helping to shape the investor relations strategy.

“The addition of a chief strategy officer will further our ability to deliver strong financial results, drive disciplined growth, and accelerate the achievement of our ongoing performance improvement objectives,” said Corey Sanders, chief operating officer of MGM Resorts.

“Aaron is an outstanding leader whose multidisciplinary experience is a great compliment to our seasoned executive team.”

Prior to joining MGM Resorts International in 2016, Fischer served as the head of consumer and gaming research at CLSA. During his 17 years as an equity analyst, Fischer specialized in Macau, Japan, other emerging gaming markets and the global luxury goods industry. Fischer participated in most of the gaming related IPOs in Asia and was a highly ranked analyst according to various surveys, including a rating by the Wall Street Journal as the Number 1 Best Hong Kong Analyst in 2012.

Before moving into research, Fischer was with Arthur Andersen in Melbourne as a chartered accountant. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1994.