Ed Bowers

    Ed Bowers is the CEO and representative officer of MGM Resorts Japan, LLC.Ed joined MGM Resorts International in February 2003 and has been integrally involved in the company’s development activities in Asia, Europe and the United States.During the past threeyears the MGM development team, under Ed’s leadership, has won gaming licenses in Springfield, Massachusetts and in Prince George’s County, Maryland near Washington DC.Ed began his career with Arthur Andersen’s audit practice in Cambridge, England, transferred to the firm’s Las Vegas office in 1994 and was promoted to senior manager in 1999.In addition to managing audits, Ed provided strategic development consulting services to operators, gaming associations and businesses and advised clients on major business transactions. Ed qualified as a chartered accountant in England after graduating from the University of Durham, United Kingdom.

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