LAS VEGAS - MGM Resorts International announced it has appointed Paul Salem to the company's Board of Directors. With his appointment, the company's Board has been expanded from 12 to 13 directors.
Mr. Salem has been instrumental in helping grow Providence Equity Partners L.L.C., a premier global asset management firm, from approximately $170 million in assets to nearly $60 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Having invested in more than 180 companies over its 29-year history, Providence Equity is one of the world's leading investors specialized in the media, communications, education and information industries.
"Mr. Salem is a distinguished leader with over 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. Paul brings invaluable insight in corporate finance and asset management, and his strong track record of value creation has earned him an outstanding reputation within the investment and not-for-profit communities," said Jim Murren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Resorts. "We look forward to benefitting from Paul's expertise as we continue to focus on executing the Company's long-term strategy."
Mr. Murren continued, "With the addition of Paul, the MGM Resorts Board has added three independent directors since 2017. These appointments underscore the Company's commitment to proactively enhance its Board and ensure that we have an appropriate mix of skills, experience and perspectives to successfully grow our business and drive sustainable value creation."
"I am honored to join the MGM Board during a time of exciting opportunity for the company," said Mr. Salem. "I look forward to leveraging my financial background and working alongside the rest of the MGM Board and management team to accelerate the free cash flow generation and maximize value for all shareholders."
Mr. Salem joined Providence Equity in 1992, where he has served in several leadership positions and been instrumental in establishing the firm's London office, helping to create Benefit Street Partners, Providence's credit affiliate and leading the acquisition of Merganser Capital. Prior to joining Providence Equity, Mr. Salem worked for Morgan Stanley in corporate finance and mergers and acquisition, and for Prudential Investment Corporation, an affiliate of Prudential Insurance, in private placement financings and leveraged buyout transactions. He currently serves as a director of Grupo TorreSur. He previously served as a director of Asurion, Eircom, Madison River Telecom, MetroNet (formerly AT&T Canada), PanAmSat, Tele1 Europe, Verio, Wired Magazine and several other Providence investments.
Mr. Salem received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. Mr. Salem is also chairman of Year Up, a national non-profit focused on closing the opportunity divide for urban young adults, and a board member of Edesia Global Nutrition, a non-profit dedicated to treating and preventing malnutrition in the world's most vulnerable populations. Mr. Salem also serves on the advisory board of the Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University.