Former MGM Resorts International executive Cynthia Kiser Murphey has been named as the new general manager of the Palms in Las Vegas.
It was announced the off-Strip resort would be acquired by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in May. The $650m deal is expected to close by the end of this year.
“We live by values passed down by our ancestors; our values define us,” said Latisha Casas, chairperson for the tribe’s Gaming and Hospitality Authority. “It was important to our board that we find a leader for the Palms who shares our values, personifies our commitment to diversity and exhibits a leadership style that puts people first. Upon meeting Cynthia, it was clear that she has all three and more.”
Kiser Murphey is the first executive named as part of the Palms’ new management. She brings nearly three decades of operations and human resources experience in the gaming industry to the role, Casas stated.
A veteran executive, she began working at MGM in 1992 and was the president and COO at New York-New York from 2008 until last spring.