MGM Resorts International has hired Scott Butera as president of interactive gaming. Butera most recently served as commissioner of the Arena Football League.

In his new role with MGM Resorts, Butera’s immediate focus will be on the company’s sports betting strategy as it works to expand its sports wagering operations to new U.S. markets. Butera will provide strategic leadership on the development for interactive gaming, which includes sports betting and skill-based gaming opportunities.

“Scott is joining the company at a really exciting time. Skill-based gaming is expanding exponentially and his experience will help us to dominate the field,” said Corey Sanders, chief operating officer for MGM Resorts. “As an industry leader in sports betting and cutting-edge interactive gaming offerings, MGM Resorts is well-positioned to bring our decades of experience and well-earned reputation to new markets throughout the country. Scott will play a key role as we continue to expand nationwide.”

With more than 25 years of experience in finance and hospitality, Butera also served as president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort & Casino, CEO of Tropicana Entertainment and chief operating officer of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.