Saturday, December 9, 2023

Travel Industry Veteran Tom Klein Joins Cedar Fair Board

Sandusky, OH, USA — Cedar Fair, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, has announced that it has completed its national search for an independent director. Tom Klein has been appointed as a Class III Director of the general partner with a term ending 2014.

Mr. Klein is president of Sabre Holdings, one of the world’s leading providers of technology to the travel industry. Prior to joining Sabre in 1994, he held a variety of sales, marketing and operations positions at American Airlines and Consolidated Freightways, Inc. In 2006 and 2007, Tom was recognized by Business Travel News as one of the industry’s “25 Most Influential Executives.” 

“After a national search of independent candidates conducted by Korn/Ferry International, we are pleased to announce the addition of Tom Klein to our Board of Directors,” said Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair’s president and chief executive officer. “His understanding of distribution and technology solutions make him a valuable addition to the Cedar Fair board and will add to the depth and quality of our decision-making process.” 

In 2010, Klein was appointed to the Corporation for Travel Promotion Board of Directors by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. He also serves on the executive committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council. 

The Company announced its plans to expand the board to nine members in August 2011. At this time it was announced that Ouimet would join the board as the eighth member and a national search for a ninth independent candidate would be commenced. 

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. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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