MGM Grand Detroit Friday announced that David Tsai has been appointed president and COO. He most recently served in the same position at Gold Strike Casino Resort in Mississippi, part of the MGM Resorts International Portfolio.
Tsai has been in his last position since 2018 and launched the first sports wagering operations in the state while there.
“David takes the reigns in Detroit at an exciting time as legalized sports wagering is introduced to Michigan,” says Jorge Perez, regional portfolio president for MGM Resorts International. “His leadership and experience in Mississippi to be first to market with sports betting operations will be a great benefit to MGM Grand Detroit and its customers.”
Tsai joined MGM Resorts in 2007, starting at CityCenter/ARIA in Las Vegas during development. He served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and analytics for the company and was senior vice president and CFO for Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, where he helped the property’s transformation to Park MGM and NoMad.
“MGM Grand Detroit is the casino of choice in the region because of its outstanding team and their commitment not only to customers but to the community,” says Tsai. “At a time of unprecedented change and opportunity for Michigan with the passage of sports betting, I am honored to be joining MGM Grand Detroit and look forward to continuing to bring our customers exceptional entertainment offerings and service, and working with the community.”
After completing a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Stanford University, Tsai earned a master’s degree in management science, also from Stanford, and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tsai will assume the role upon regulatory approval.