Monday, November 5, 2012

Matt Ouimet, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Fair to Keynote TEA Summit in Anaheim

Matthew A. Ouimet
President, Cedar Fair

Official Cedar Fair bio - Matthew Ouimet is the President and CEO of Cedar Fair, having joined the company in June 2011 and being appointed to the CEO position in January 2012. Matt is one of the most experienced hospitality and service industry executives in the country, having served in senior executive positions with the Walt Disney Company for nearly two decades ultimately as President of the Disney Cruise Line and the Disneyland Resort.  He also served as President of the Hotel Group for Starwood Hotels and President and Chief Operating Officer of Corinthian Colleges.  His breadth of consumer services experience has provided him with unique insights into the consistent delivery of service that results in greater customer loyalty and company profitability. 

Background article from Businessweek - Matthew A. Ouimet has been the President of Cedar Fair LP since June 2011 and Cedar Fair Management, Inc. since June 20, 2011. Mr. Ouimet is a 20 year veteran of the amusement park and hospitality industry, of which 17 years were spent with Walt Disney Company. He served as Senior vice president, Finance and Business Development and Chief Financial Officer of Disney Development Company. He served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Corinthian Colleges Inc. since July 1, 2009 to October 31, 2010 and served as its Executive Vice President of Operations since December 2008 until July 1, 2009. Mr. Ouimet served as the President of Hotel Group at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. of Collective Brands, Inc. from August 2006 to September 2, 2008. He served as the President of Resorts Worldwide at Collective Brands, Inc. He oversaw hotel operations worldwide for Starwood's nine hotel brands consisting of more than 850 hotels in 95 countries, the White Plains, N.Y. Prior to joining Starwood in 2006, he served at Walt Disney Company from 1989 to 2006, in a variety of business development and financial positions, including President of Disney Cruise Line and Disneyland Resort and Senior Vice President of New Business Development. Prior to his work with Disney, he served as Controller and Senior Vice President, Finance of Lincoln Property Company from 1983 to 1989 and served as a Certified Public Accountant with Price Waterhouse from 1980 to 1983. He has been a Director of Cedar Fair LP. since August 29, 2011. He served as a Director of Collective Brands, Inc. from June 30, 2008 to July 21, 2011. He was Executive General Manager of Disney Vacation Club, where he oversaw two theme parks and three hotels. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Ouimet holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Accounting from Binghamton University State University of New York at Binghamton.

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