SANDUSKY, Ohio, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), today announced that the Board of Directors will nominate three new independent Board members for election at the 2012 Annual Meeting of Unitholders to be held on June 27, 2012. If elected, the three Board nominees would replace C. Thomas Harvie (69), Michael Kwiatkowski (64) and Steven Tishman (55) who will not stand for re-election.
The new nominees, Daniel J. Hanrahan (53), Lauri M. Shanahan (49), and Debra Smithart-Oglesby (56) were selected through a comprehensive, national search process under the direction of Independent Director Eric Affeldt, chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee. As was announced on February 16, 2012, the Company engaged Spencer Stuart, one of the world's leading executive search firms to identify and help evaluate potential candidates.
"We were extremely pleased with the number of highly qualified candidates who were interested in serving on our Board. From this strong list of candidates we were able to identify three excellent nominees who we believe are highly additive to our independent Board in terms of experience, skill sets and leadership styles," Affeldt said. "We appreciated the time commitment all candidates made to meet in-person with our five-member selection committee. This Board-succession process allowed us to identify highly qualified candidates to help lead Cedar Fair as we pursue our FUNforward growth strategy."
Hanrahan 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 and travel & hospitality sectors. Currently, he serves as the president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL). He was promoted to president in 2005 and to CEO in 2007 after his highly successful management of the sales and marketing division for Royal Caribbean. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Hanrahan served in executive-level positions with Polaroid Corporation and Reebok International Ltd. He also currently serves on the executive committee of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). In 2004, he was named one of the "Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing" by Hospitality and Sales Marketing Association International.
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