SANDUSKY, OHIO – Cedar Fair, a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, announced the promotion of Richard A. Zimmerman to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer.
“This promotion is an acknowledgement of the significant role Richard has played in the success of Cedar Fair,” said Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair’s chief executive officer. “He is one of the most talented senior executives I have ever worked with. His deep understanding of the industry, our operations and our business model has enabled him to positively impact every meaningful decision we have made over the past five years. His role as President and Chief Operating Officer will be to bridge strategy into execution – sorting to the things that will have the biggest operational impact and turning good ideas into operational reality.”
Zimmerman has 30 years of experience in the leisure and hospitality industry and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Cedar Fair. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President since 2010, Regional Vice President since 2007 and as Vice President and General Manager of Kings Dominion since 1998. Prior to entering the amusement park industry, Richard served in various roles with Paramount Communications, Inc., including vice president of financial planning and analysis for Paramount’s Madison Square Garden Division.