Executive was senior VP of finance for studio
James Aljian, a Tracinda Corp. executive and former Sr. VP of finance for MGM Studios and MGM/UA Ent, died of cancer April 12 in Los Angeles. He was 75.Services will be held Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 505 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills. Aljian had served on the board of directors for MGM Mirage since 1988. He was part of a team that developed several major Las Vegas casinos, including Caesars Palace, the Flamingo Hotel, the International Hotel — now the Las Vegas Hilton – and the first MGM Grand Hotel. Aljian was a close associate and friend of MGM Mirage majority shareholder Kirk Kerkorian. At the time of his death, he was an executive with Kerkorian’s investment company Tracinda Corp. “I first met Jim in 1961 when he was an auditor with Ernst & Ernst. He was tough and I knew right away that I needed him on my team. Jim’s loyal confidence and business acumen proved invaluable to me over the years, but no more valuable than his friendship, which meant so much,” said Kerkorian. Aljian was a former senior vice president of finance for MGM Studios in the 1970s and held the same position at and MGM/UA Entertainment in the early 1980s. A native of Oakland, Aljian served in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three children; a sister; a brother and six grandchildren. Donations may be made to the UCLA Foundation for the James Aljian Memorial Fund at the David Geffen School of Medicine, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095.