LAS VEGAS—Further advancing its commitment to corporate social responsibility, MGM Resorts International announced the appointments of two proven leaders in the field of environmental sustainability. Chris Magee has been promoted to Vice President of Sustainable Facilities, while Yalmaz Siddiqui joined MGM Resorts as Vice President of Corporate Sustainability.
“Implementing efficient, sustainable and morally responsible practices across our operations is a top priority for MGM Resorts,” said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. “Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also a competitive differentiator. For these reasons, it is essential that we place proven leaders like Chris and Yalmaz at the helm of our company’s sustainability efforts.”
In Magee’s new capacity as Vice President of Sustainable Facilities he is responsible for providing strategic direction and operational oversight to the development and implementation of large-scale, renewable applications and energy efficiency programs to reduce the environmental impact of company operations. This includes leveraging existing systems, new technology, waste management and statistical analysis to further the continual improvement of operations across the enterprise. He is also responsible for ensuring the company is in compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Clark County Department of Air Quality permitting.
More Than 25 Years of Experience with MGM
Magee has more than 25 years of experience with MGM Resorts and is a day-one member of the Corporate Sustainability Division, which was established in 2006. Prior to joining the Corporate Sustainability Division, he served as a supervisor in Bellagio’s Mechanical Engineering Department. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing the operation and maintenance of the property’s mechanical systems, as well as its Central Plant. In addition, he played an integral role in leading environmental projects for the growing company enterprise, along with driving Bellagio’s energy conservation efforts that resulted in substantial savings in water, power and gas.
Magee’s passion for resource conservation throughout Nevada and the United States, as well as his expertise on lighting and energy efficiency, has earned him national recognition. He has visited the White House several times, representing MGM Resorts when the company was recognized for its achievements in energy efficiency. An engaged thought leader in his field, he has held a number of volunteer roles on local and national sustainability committees. He serves as the chair of the Conservation District of Southern Nevada. He also currently serves as the Steering Committee Chair of the newly-developed Department of Energy Hospitality for the Better Buildings Alliance. Magee is also a longtime member and past chair of the Lighting & Electrical sub-committee for the U.S. Department of Energy Better Building Alliance.
As Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Yalmaz Siddiqui is responsible for leading a range of environmental sustainability initiatives for the company, including sustainable sourcing, employee engagement, green conventions, food waste reduction and waste management. In addition, Siddiqui will provide leadership and oversight for the development of an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and goals, project accountability, roles, and reporting strategy.
Ten Years at Office Depot
Siddiqui brings an extensive background in corporate sustainability to his new role. He most recently served as Senior Director of Sustainability at Office Depot. During his 10-year tenure with the global company, he was responsible for leading the strategy and implementation of a series of social and environmental sustainability programs across the organization. While at Office Depot, Siddiqui helped the company increase sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2 billion to $3.2 billion; reduced carbon emissions by more than 40 percent; and achieved recognition from Newsweek Magazine as America’s #1 large green retailer for three consecutive years.
He also served as a management consultant at IBM and PwC for a decade where he focused on business-to-business customer relationship management and performance improvement strategy.
Siddiqui was Founding Chair, and is currently on the Board of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a multi-stakeholder effort working on defining, measuring and recognizing sustainable purchasing by large organizations. He has a Masters degree in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Canada.
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