Senior Vice President
Michael French serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Gaming Asset Management, a casino development and operating company based in Las Vegas, NV. Prior to his current role he served as Chief Operating Officer of Solaire Manila, managed by GGAM at that time. Mr. French was responsible for all aspects of operating and managing the integrated resort located in Entertainment City comprised of a world class casino with 300 tables games and 1,200 slot machines, a 500 luxury guestroom hotel, 7 restaurants, 4 lounges and a spa. Mr. French also participated in the development of corporate strategies which included future phases of the property.
Previous to joining the Solaire team, Mr. French was a part of the Melco Crown team in Macau from 2007 to 2012. When he was appointed by Melco Crown to be the Senior Vice President of Operations he was the “first” employee of City of Dreams under construction at that time. During his tenure at City of Dreams he was responsible for the development and implementation of all operating processes, plans and strategies during the pre-opening phase of the $2.3 billion usd property and post opening he was responsible for all operational aspects of the complex including gaming operations, hotel, food and beverage and engineering operations. He also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Melco Crown’s luxury property, Altira for over a year before leaving Macau for the Philippines.
Mr. French brings over 42 years of Hospitality and Gaming experience to GGAM. He began his hospitality career in the hotel industry and has held various executive leadership positions in resort, convention and city center hotels including Managing Director of the 1,620 room Anatole Hotel and Conference Center in Dallas, Texas, V.P and Managing Director of the 900 room Peabody Hotel in Orlando Florida and other top leadership positions in hotels throughout the US.
He entered the gaming industry in 1995 at Caesars Palace as the Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations with responsibility for all non-gaming operations including the 2,000 room hotel, 25 restaurants, 150,000 square feet of banquet and conference space, retail, engineering, hotel sales and capital projects. During his tenure Michael also oversaw the activities for the design and building of the first phase of Caesars Palace renovation and $500 million usd expansion in addition to his normal responsibilities.
After several years at Caesars, Michael became the Senior VP of Operations (gaming and non-gaming) at the Venetian Resort Casino in Las Vegas and was directly responsible for operations of the casino with 2,000 slot machines and 150 tables, the 3,000 suite hotel, 250,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, all food and beverage, security, entertainment and Engineering. Michael was one of the first executives to join the Venetian Las Vegas team one year prior to opening and oversaw all operations for the first 3 years of Venetian’s record setting performance in Las Vegas.
During his career in the gaming industry, in addition to the Venetian and Caesars Palace he has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Inn of the Mountain Gods in New Mexico USA and a consultant in the gaming industry working with various Native American Tribes in the development of their casino and hospitality projects. He has held key leadership positions for ten property openings including the City of Dreams, the Venetian in Las Vegas, a major expansion of Caesars Palace as well as other hotel and casino openings in the United States.
Throughout his career Mr. French has served on the board of directors for various industry and community organizations and associations, including the American Lodging Assn (Board member and officer in Dallas, Orlando and Las Vegas), the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and is an Officer in the Chaine des Rotisseurs.