Alexander Haig resigns as MGM Mirage board member

Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr., who served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has resigned as a member of MGM Mirage’s Board of Directors, the company announced this morning.

No reason was given for the resignation. Haig, who will be 85 in December, served as a director and consultant for the casino operator since May 1990.

"We are tremendously honored that Gen. Haig has played a key role in the direction of our company for the past 19 years," MGM Mirage Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren said in a statement. "His knowledge and expertise have been instrumental in the success and development of MGM Mirage and we are deeply indebted to him for his contributions to our company."

Haig is chairman of Worldwide Associates, Inc., an international business advisory firm, and formerly served as the host of "World Business Review" a TV show that aired worldwide on CNBC.

Haig was the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in 1973, prior to serving as White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1973 to 1974.

After serving as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Forces from 1974 to 1979, Haig became the 59th Secretary of State under President Reagan from 1981 to 1982.

In the confusing hours following the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, Haig famously told the White House media that “I’m in charge” when asked who was running the administration.