- Durham University
Bowers has achieved several notable milestones during his career. One of his most significant achievements was leading the development of MGM Cotai, an integrated resort in Macau. The resort features a casino, luxury hotel, retail space and entertainment venues. It has become a popular destination for both local and international tourists.
Under Bowers' leadership, MGM Resorts has also expanded its presence in the US, with the opening of several new properties, including MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
Bowers has also played a significant role in MGM Resorts' efforts to expand its operations beyond North America. He has been instrumental in the company's efforts to develop an integrated resort in Osaka, Japan. The project is expected to be a major addition to the company's portfolio and is expected to generate significant revenue for the company.
Bowers' has a deep understanding of the gaming industry and has consistently demonstrated his ability to identify new growth opportunities for MGM Resorts. His focus on customer satisfaction has also contributed to the company's success, with MGM Resorts receiving several awards for excellence in customer service.
Bowers began his career in the gaming industry as a financial analyst at the Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation in 1994. He later joined Harrah's Entertainment as a Manager of Strategic Planning and Analysis. Bowers held several senior management positions at Harrah's, including VP of Finance for the Western Division, and VP and Assistant General Manager of Harrah's Las Vegas.
Between September 1998 and July 2002 he also served as the Senior Manager of Arthur Andersen, an accounting firm based in Chicago.
In 2003, Bowers joined MGM Resorts International, where he held several senior management positions, including SVP of the Global Gaming Department for over 14 years and Executive VP of Global Development of MGM Resorts Japan for over four years.
“Not only do we have the firm belief that we and our partner, Orix Corporation, can create a project that will be commercially sustainable, delivering very strong returns, but we are convinced that our Osaka IR will ultimately be a political success.” Ed Bowers
Interviews and public speeches
In August 2022, Gambling Insider reported on a Bowers keynote speech at G2E Asia. Here, he said MGM Resorts' new IR – set to open in Japan’s Osaka region in 2029 – will be a success, despite strict Japanese gaming regulations meaning the casino floor can only cover 3% of IR space.