VP, Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts
Yalmaz Siddiqui is Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at MGM Resorts International. He started this role in May 2016 and is responsible for leading a range of environmental sustainability initiatives for the company, including green conventions, food waste reduction, waste management, sustainable purchasing and communications. He will also develop an advanced sustainability strategy framework for MGM Resorts, including metrics and targets, project accountability and roles, and reporting strategy.
Prior to joining MGM Resorts, Yalmaz was Senior Director, Sustainability at Office Depot, where he set strategic direction and helped integrate a series of social and environmental sustainability programs into the global organization. During his ten years with Office Depot he helped the company grow sales of environmentally preferable products from $1.2 Billion to $3.2 Billion, reduced carbon emissions by over 40%, and reach a ranking of #1 greenest large retailer America in Newsweek magazine’s green rankings for three consecutive years.
A global expert in sustainable purchasing, Yalmaz was the Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, a widely recognized, multi-stakeholder organization creating a methodology and recognition program for this emerging area of sustainability action.
Before Office Depot, Yalmaz worked for ten years as a management consultant at IBM and PwC where he focused on B2B customer relationship management and performance improvement strategy.
Yalmaz has a Masters in Environment & Development from the University of Cambridge in England, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Canada.
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