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Atlantic City’s First Black Female Casino President To Lead Premier East Coast Property

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, and MGM Resorts Luxury Destination, has announced the appointment of Melonie Johnson as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Having entered into the role during Atlantic City’s COVID-19-mandated shutdown, Johnson worked closely with local officials to safely reopen the property in July. She will continue to oversee daily operations and strategic direction at the property in her new role, and is the first Black female to be named president of an Atlantic City casino.

“I am very excited to be joining Atlantic City’s market-leading resort and look forward to working with some of the industry’s most knowledgeable and engaging team members as we further position Borgata for continued growth and success.”

Among only a handful of female leaders nationwide, Johnson is an industry veteran with nearly 25 years of leadership experience in hospitality and gaming. In her new role Johnson will continue to lead Atlantic City’s top-performing casino as the nation weathers a global health crisis. Johnson has been with MGM resorts since 2015, and has held leadership positions at major U.S. properties, most recently serving as President & COO of MGM National Harbor in Maryland and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Mississippi prior to that. Johnson also serves on the board of Global Gaming Women, an independent charitable organization dedicated to the development of women in gaming and lottery - two industries where women are seldom represented in leadership roles.

A graduate of the University of New Orleans, Johnson has consistently committed to investing in employee success, creating a service-oriented culture and developing strategic plans to ensure properties under her direction met both their short and long-term goals. Her financial expertise, strategic thinking and experience at regional gaming properties has served her in a number of high-profile positions including, Assistant General Manager at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia; CFO/Interim General Manager at Hollywood Casino Aurora in Illinois; Regional Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Finance for Caesars Entertainment Corporation. She succeeds outgoing President and COO Marcus Glover, who held the role since July 2017.


Located in Atlantic City's Marina District, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 184 table games; 3,026 slot machines; a 75+ table poker room; 11 retail boutiques; 4 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 10 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 88,000 square feet of event space; 20,000 square foot indoor/outdoor pool and garden; 32,000 square foot outdoor pool; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The market-leading resort also features Atlantic City's first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools. Borgata offers online gaming within the state of New Jersey through its real-money gaming sites, and Borgata is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information about Borgata, please visit or follow Borgata on Facebook and Twitter.


MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is a global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 27 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. The company is expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts and MGM COTAI in Macau, and debuting the first international Bellagio branded hotel in Shanghai. The 77,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit them at
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