MGM Springfield announces new president

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM Springfield has announced its new President Tuesday morning.

MGM Springfield spokesperson Mancini Saverio told 22News, Chris Kelley has been appointed as the new President and COO.

Kelley was the former President and COO of MGM Northfield Park in Ohio since April of 2019. He grew up in New England and told 22News that he is excited to be coming back home.

In April of 2019, Kelley headed the re-branding of a Hard Rock Casino into the MGM branded Northfield Park.

Former MGM Springfield President, Mike Mathis, is now assuming a new role as Senior Vice President of Business Development for MGM resorts.

We are excited to have Chris lead the MGM Springfield team. Chris’ experience in Ohio, rebranding and integrating a property and introducing MGM to the community, will be an asset for Springfield as we continue to work closely with the community and strive to not only be a world-class entertainment destination but also a good corporate neighbor.

I also want to recognize Mike for his years of service and all the tremendous work he accomplished in leading MGM Springfield from conception to opening. His leadership was instrumental in the successful opening of the property and the great relationships we have built with the Springfield community and our partners in New England.  I know Mike will continue to serve the company well in his new role and we wish him all the best.

Jorge Perez, Regional Portfolio President, MGM Resorts International

Chris Kelley provided the following statement:

“MGM Springfield has so much to offer its guests and the property has made an extraordinary impact on the city. I’m thrilled to be working with this community and joining this remarkable team. It is wonderful to be heading back home, having grown up in New England.”

Chris Kelley, President & COO of MGM Springfield.

MGM Springfield says that former president, Mike Mathis, was instrumental in the successful opening of the property and building great relationships in the Springfield area.

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