SVP & Chief Digital Officer, Digital Ventures
MGM Resorts International
Kelly Smith is the sr vice president and chief digital officer at MGM Resorts. Smith has more than 20 years of technology experience and has functioned as a digital business leader, product designer, engineering team leader, entrepreneur and investor. He oversees all aspects of digital transform to include team building, customer experience, development and product management.
Most recently, Smith was with Starbucks, where he served as vice president of global digital products leading the teams responsible for the company’s popular mobile and web products which are world leaders in retail innovation, driving millions of daily transactions and billions in revenue. Smith brings notable international expansion experience, having served as the vice president, digital for Starbucks China where he recruited and led the initial product management, design and engineering teams developing groundbreaking consumer experiences such as digital payment and China’s mobile popular food & beverage loyalty program.
Smith has started and sold several venture-backed software companies and founded a seed-stage investment firm in Seattle called Curious Office. He started his career in the earliest days of the internet, marketing an early version of the very first web browser. The company was sold to AOL and he went on to work for RealNetworks where they pioneered the idea of audio and video delivery on the internet.