Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive


Gillian Murphy Appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager
of the Highly Anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods Opening in 2008

MASHANTUCKET, CT (October 1, 2007) – John O’Brien, president of MGM Grand at Foxwoods, announced today that Gillian Murphy has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and general manager of the highly anticipated casino resort slated to open in May 2008.  In this role, Murphy will work closely with the property’s executive team to organize resources to serve customers and ensure excellence in execution by working with the most talented employees of the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods.
“Under Gillian’s stewardship, the MGM Grand at Foxwoods is sure to be a success, offering the highest level of service and embodying our vision of excellence,” said O’Brien.  “Gillian’s knowledge of the industry, coupled with her enthusiasm and energy is a winning combination for us and we’re thrilled to have her as part of the team.”
With more than 20 years of experience in the hotel and gaming industries, Murphy brings a successful track record of operational strength and leadership.  Most recently, she held the position of vice president and assistant general manager of the Ameristar property Black Hawk, Colorado which is in the throes of a 536-room hotel development project.  
Prior to that, Murphy was vice president, corporate hotel operations for Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Las Vegas for three years where she developed Hotel Brand service and product standards, directed the opening of three properties and maximized lodging revenue on a consistent basis.  Between 1998 and 2004, she held the position of vice president of hotel operations for Harrah’s and Harvey’s Casino Hotels in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
Murphy has also played major roles at several other flagship properties, including general manager of the Mobil Five-Star-rated Williamsburg Inn in Virginia, director of hotel operations at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York and director of property services at the Annapolis Hotel in Maryland.
Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Bristol University in the United Kingdom and is involved in a variety of industry organizations.  She is chairman of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association, acting chairman of the Las Vegas Hotel Show and a member of the Epicurean Fundraising Board.  In 2006, Murphy was also named Nevada’s “Executive of the Year” by the Nevada Tourism Alliance.  
About MGM Grand at Foxwoods
The highly anticipated MGM Grand at Foxwoods will feature 825 luxurious guest rooms, 115,000 square feet of meeting space, a 4,000-seat Performing Arts Theater, 21,000-square-foot spa, celebrity chef restaurants, high-end retail and a state-of-the-art casino when it debuts in May 2008.  Adding another distinctive gaming and entertainment destination, the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods will be Connecticut’s third largest resort casino, evocative of the Las Vegas landmark: grand in every sense; classically elegant and refreshingly one-of-a-kind.  The must-see MGM Grand at Foxwoods will enjoy the same amenities as Foxwoods Resort Casino, including access to Lake of Isles™, featuring two, 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Rees Jones and a state-of-the-art Golf Academy.  The property is easily accessible from Boston, New York, Hartford and Providence.  For more information, call 1-866-MGM-0050 or visit

Sandra Rios
Foxwoods Resort Casino

Also See: MGM Mirage Will Open a $700 million Hotel and Casino Alongside Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut / April 2006


To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch
Home | Welcome| Hospitality News | Classifieds| One-on-One |
Viewpoint Forum | Industry Resources | Press Releases
Please contact Hotel.Onlinewith your comments and suggestions.