Sandusky, OH, USA (June 27, 2012) /PRNewswire/ — Cedar Fair, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that unitholders have elected three new members to the Board of Directors of its general partner, Cedar Fair Management, Inc., for three-year terms expiring in 2015.
The limited partners also confirmed the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm and approved an advisory vote on the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers.
The new directors are:
Daniel J. Hanrahan, 54, brings more than 30 years of experience, including a variety of sales and marketing, general manager, president and chief executive officer roles across the consumer packaged goods, retail, travel and hospitality sectors. Currently, he serves as the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL).
Lauri M. Shanahan , 49, is a seasoned retail executive with more than 20 years of senior-level experience across global, multi-channel, multi-brand enterprises and other specialty retail, including Gap, Inc. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, a footwear, accessories and apparel lifestyle company with a portfolio of premium brands and over $1.3 billion in revenues, and Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc., a growing specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories with over 500 stores. In addition, Ms. Shanahan is a principal with Maroon Peak Advisors, which provides a broad range of advisory services in the retail and consumer products sector.
Debra Smithart-Oglesby , 57, is a former certified public accountant with more than 30 years of financial and corporate leadership experience in the food service and retail industries. Since 2006, she has served as the chair of the Board of Directors of Denny’s Corporation, a full-service, family-style restaurant chain with approximately 1,680 eateries throughout the United States and nine countries.
“We are pleased to have Dan, Lauri and Debra join our Board of Directors,” said Eric L. Affeldt, Cedar Fair’s newly appointed Independent Chairman of the Board. “Their industry expertise and leadership experience will benefit our board and we look forward to their participation.”
About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. Amusement parks in the Company’s northern region include two in Ohio: Cedar Point, consistently voted “Best Amusement Park in the World” in Amusement Today polls, and Kings Island; as well as Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Dorney Park, PA; Valleyfair, MN; and Michigan’s Adventure, MI. In the southern region are Kings Dominion, VA; Carowinds, NC; and Worlds of Fun, MO. Western parks in California include: Knott’s Berry Farm;California’s Great America; and Gilroy Gardens, which is managed under contract. www.cedarfair.com.