LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has appointed Debra DeShong as VP of global industry affairs. In this role, DeShong will lead the global hospitality and entertainment corporation's proactive media relations and messaging strategies for issues affecting MGM Resorts around the world.
DeShong joins MGM Resorts with more than 20 years of experience in public policy, communications and international relations. She most recently served as EVP and managing director of public affairs for Subject Matter, a strategic communications firm.
Prior to Subject Matter, DeShong served as chief of staff to former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, where she closely coordinated with political leaders and stakeholders on messaging and business community outreach on issues such as the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement and women's empowerment.
She was also previously a co-founder of Washington public affairs firm Point Blank Public Affairs and the founder of Five by Five Public Affairs, and held top communications positions with The United Nations Foundation, U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli, the Democratic National Committee and the Kerry-Edwards for President campaign.