Executive Bios

William S. Boyd
Executive Chairman
Bill Boyd co-founded Boyd Gaming Corporation in 1975 with his father, Sam Boyd. A practicing attorney for 15 years, he turned his attention to gaming full-time in 1975. He has since developed and operated Boyd Gaming properties in major markets throughout the United States, including multiple locations in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
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Keith E. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
An industry veteran with almost 30 years of gaming experience, Keith Smith first joined Boyd Gaming Corporation as Corporate Controller in 1990. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations in 1998 and to Chief Operating Officer in 2001. In 2005, Smith was named President and in January of 2008, he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer. He has been a part of senior management at properties in both Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He currently serves as Chairman of the Los Angeles Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and is past chairman of the American Gaming Association and the Nevada Resort Association.
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Marianne Johnson
Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Marianne Johnson brings extensive operations knowledge to her position as Executive Vice President and oversees the Company’s purchasing programs. She also works on company-wide strategic issues, including development, the Company's diversity initiatives, and customer service and operations. Johnson joined Boyd Gaming in January 1977 and is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. She also serves on the boards of BankWest of Nevada and Western Alliance Bancorporation.
Robert L. Boughner
Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer
A 36-year veteran of Boyd Gaming, Bob Boughner has a solid track record of developing and operating successful properties. He led the development and successful opening of Borgata, Atlantic City’s leading destination resort, and continues to oversee the property’s operations. In his current position, Boughner oversees the Company's new business development efforts, including expansion into new and existing markets; building corporate relationships and alliances; and pursuing new business opportunities. In addition, Boughner also oversees much of Boyd Gaming’s corporate administrative and support departments, and is a member of the Company's Board of Directors.
Brian Larson
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Brian Larson began his career at Boyd Gaming in 1993 as Associate General Counsel and has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 1998. In addition to his responsibilities as General Counsel, Larson also leads the Company’s development efforts. Prior to joining Boyd Gaming, he was a partner at the Phoenix law firm of Snell and Wilmer and also worked for Coopers and Lybrand and Ernst and Young in Arizona as a certified public accountant with a focus on tax and real estate issues.
Josh Hirsberg
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Josh Hirsberg oversees the Company’s financial efforts, including debt and equity financing, strategic planning, accounting, budgeting and investor relations. Prior to joining Boyd Gaming in January 2008, Hirsberg was Chief Financial Officer of Edge-Star Partners, a real estate acquisition and development company. A 20-year veteran of the industry, Hirsberg previously held senior-level executive positions at several publicly-traded gaming companies.
William R. Boyd
Vice President
In his capacity as Vice President, William R. Boyd assists the Chief Executive Officer and oversees a wide spectrum of special projects as a member of the corporate management committee. After joining Boyd Gaming Corporation in 1977, he worked in a number of back-of-the-house operations before being named Vice President in 1991. He is also a member of the Company's Board of Directors.
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