Vail Resorts

Board of Directors

Sue Decker
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Raftr
Sue was appointed a Director of the Company in September 2015. Sue is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Raftr, a college campus social platform which was launched in 2017. In addition, Sue is the principal of Deck3 Ventures LLC, a privately held consulting and advisory firm, a position she has held since 2009. Sue currently serves on the boards of directors of Automattic, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Chime Financial, Inc., Costco Wholesale Corporation, InterPrivate II Acquisition Corp., Momentive Inc. (formerly SurveyMonkey) and Vox Media, Inc. During the 2009-2010 academic year, she served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, from June 2000 to April 2009, she held various executive management positions at Yahoo! Inc., a global Internet brand, including President (June 2007 to April 2009), head of the Advertiser and Publisher Group (December 2006 to June 2007) and Chief Financial Officer (June 2000 to June 2007). Prior to joining Yahoo!, she spent 14 years with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), most recently as Managing Director, global equity research (1998 - 2000), and previously as an equity research analyst, covering publishing and advertising stocks from 1986 to 1998.
 
Robert A. Katz
Executive Chairperson of the Board
Vail Resorts, Inc.
Rob became Executive Chairperson of the Board in November 2021 after stepping down as Chief Executive Officer. Rob served as Chairperson since March 2009 and previously he served as Lead Director from June 2003 until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in February 2006. He has served on the Board of Directors of Vail Resorts since 1996 and has been involved with the Company since 1991. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer, he was associated with Apollo Management L.P., a private equity investment firm, since its founding in 1990. Rob and his wife are the founders and board members of the Katz Amsterdam Foundation, which seeks to help address behavioral health challenges in mountain resort communities and support organizations that are working to address racial justice challenges across the United States. Rob currently serves on the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board and the Fast Company Impact Council, and he has previously served on numerous private, public and non-profit boards.
 
Kirsten A. Lynch
Chief Executive Officer
Vail Resorts, Inc.
Kirsten was appointed Chief Executive Officer and a director of Vail Resorts in November 2021. Previously she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since July 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Kirsten was with PepsiCo, Inc., where she was Chief Marketing Officer of the Quaker Foods and Snacks Division from 2009 to 2011, leading the brand marketing, consumer insights and shopper marketing organization. Prior to PepsiCo, Kirsten worked for Kraft Foods for 12 years in various positions including Vice President of Marketing for Kraft Foods’ Cheese and Dairy Business Unit and Senior Marketing Director for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Kirsten started her career with Ford Motor Company in marketing and sales. 

Nadia Rawlinson
Former Chief People Officer
Slack Technologies, Inc.
Nadia was appointed a Director of the Company in December 2019. Nadia was most recently the Chief People Officer of Slack Technologies, Inc., a leading channel-based messaging platform, responsible for shaping the future of work and overseeing human resources strategy, a position she held from September 2020 until August 2021. From June 2016 to September 2020, she was the Chief Human Resources Officer at Live Nation Entertainment leading HR for the company’s 35,000 full time and seasonal employees. Prior to that, Nadia worked as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Rakuten Americas, part of Japan-based Rakuten Group, one of the largest Internet services companies in the world. Before joining Rakuten Americas, she operated in both HR and Business leadership roles holding senior positions at Groupon, American Express, Rent the Runway and Google. Nadia is currently a director at J.Crew Group, Inc. serving as a member of the compensation committee and also serves as chair for the CHRO Board Academy, a private/non-profit professional organization. Nadia received her BA from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.
 
John T. Redmond
President
Allegiant Travel Company
John was appointed a Director of the Company in March 2008. He is the President of Allegiant Travel Company and also serves on the board of directors of Allegiant. Previously, John was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Echo Entertainment Group Limited, a leading Australian entertainment and gaming company, from January 2013 to April 2014, and previously served as a non-executive director from March 2012 to January 2013. John was President and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Grand Resorts, LLC, a collection of resort-casino, residential living and retail developments, and a director of its parent company, MGM Resorts International, from March 2001 to August 2007. He served as Co Chief Executive Officer and a director of MGM Grand, Inc., from December 1999 to March 2001. John was President and Chief Operating Officer of Primm Valley Resorts from March 1999 to December 1999 and Senior Vice President of MGM Grand Development, Inc., from August 1996 to February 1999. Prior to 1996, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Caesars Palace and Sheraton Desert Inn, having served in various other senior operational and development positions with Caesars World, Inc. He previously served on the board of directors of Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Inc.
 
Michele Romanow
Co-Founder & President
Clearco
Michele was appointed a Director of the Company in October 2016. Michele is the Co-Founder and President of Clearco (formerly Clearbanc), a technology company changing the way companies raise money by providing fast, affordable growth capital to online brands. Clearco has invested $2.5 billion into 5,500+ companies and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Previously, Michele was the Co-Founder of Snap by Groupon (previously SnapSaves), which was founded in March 2012 and acquired by Groupon, Inc. in June 2014. She served as a senior marketing executive for Groupon from June 2014 until March 2016. In February 2011, Michele founded Buytopia.ca, a Canadian ecommerce leader. Prior to that she was Director of Corporate Strategy & Business Improvement for Sears Canada. Michele is also one of the venture capitalists on the award winning CBC series Dragons’ Den. Michele is a member of the board of directors of BBTV Holdings Inc, a Canadian media and technology company whose stock is publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Michele was previously a member of the board of directors of Whistler Blackcomb, which was acquired by Vail Resorts in October 2016, SHAD, a Canadian charity for high school students, Freshii Inc., a publicly listed Canadian fast casual restaurant franchise and League of Innovators, a Canadian charity. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
  
Hilary A. Schneider
President, CEO & Chair of the Board of Directors
Shutterfly, Inc.
Hilary was appointed a Director of the Company in March 2010. Hilary is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chair of the Board of Directors of Shutterfly, Inc., a leading digital retailer and manufacturer of personalized products and services. From January 2018 to November 2019 she served as CEO of Wag!, the country's largest on-demand mobile dog walking and dog care service. Prior to that, Hilary served as the CEO of LifeLock, Inc., a leading provider of identity theft protection, identity risk assessment and fraud protection services, a position she held since March 2016 until the acquisition of LifeLock by Symantec in February 2017. From September 2012 to February 2016, she served as the President of LifeLock, Inc. From March 2010 to November 2010, Hilary served as Executive Vice President at Yahoo! Americas. She joined Yahoo! in September 2006 when she led the company’s U.S. region, Global Partner Solutions and Local Markets and Commerce divisions. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she held senior leadership roles at Knight Ridder, Inc., from April 2002 to January 2005, including Chief Executive Officer of Knight Ridder Digital before moving to co-manage the company's overall newspaper and online business. From 2000 to 2002, Hilary served as President and CEO of Red Herring Communications. She also held numerous roles at Times Mirror from 1990 through 2000, including President and CEO of Times Mirror Interactive and General Manager of the Baltimore Sun. Hilary serves as a senior advisor for TPG Capital and also currently serves on the board of directors of DigitalOcean, Inc, a cloud-based service provider, Getty Images, Inc. a visual media company, and Water.org, a non-profit organization. Hilary was also previously a member of the board of directors of LifeLock, Inc. and SendGrid, Inc.
 
D. Bruce Sewell
Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Apple Inc.
Bruce was appointed a Director of the Company in January 2013. From September 2009 until December 2017, Bruce was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Apple Inc., overseeing all legal matters for Apple, including corporate governance, intellectual property, litigation and securities compliance, as well as global security operations, privacy and encryption. Prior to joining Apple, Bruce served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Intel Corporation from 2005 to 2009. He also served as Intel’s Vice President, General Counsel from 2004 to 2005 and Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Deputy General Counsel from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining Intel in 1995 as a senior attorney, Bruce was a partner in the law firm of Brown and Bain PC. He currently serves on the board of directors and as chair for the nominating & governance committee of C3.ai, Inc., an enterprise artificial intelligence software company and serves on the board of Clearco, a privately held growth capital technology company. Bruce also serves on the board of Village Enterprise, a charitable organization focusing on training and creating sustainable businesses in Africa, and is the President and Director of Friends of Lancaster University in America, a non-profit organization supporting higher education.
 
John F. Sorte
Executive Chairman
Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Group Inc.
John was appointed a Director of the Company in January 1993. John is Executive Chairman of Morgan Joseph TriArtisan Group Inc., a merchant bank engaged in principal investment activities. Prior to co-founding Morgan Joseph in 2001, he was President of New Street Advisors LP. He previously held various positions at Drexel Burnham Lambert, including Head of the Energy Group, Co-Head of Investment Banking and Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors. He started his career as an investment banker at Shearson Hammill. John serves on the board of directors Shorts International Ltd. and previously served on the board of directors of Autotote Corp. and Westpoint Stevens, Inc., as well as several other private companies and non-profit organizations.
 
Peter A. Vaughn
Founder and Managing Director
Vaughn Advisory Group, LLC
Peter was appointed a Director of the Company in June 2013. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the Vaughn Advisory Group, LLC, a privately held company providing advisory and consulting services on global marketing, brand strategy, business strategy, organizational effectiveness and executive coaching. From July 2018 to January 2020, Peter served as Chief Experience Officer of Avenues: The World School, a privately-held, for-profit global network of independent schools headquartered in New York. From January 2013 through November 2014, he was the Senior Vice President of International Consumer Products and Marketing of the American Express Company, providing strategic marketing leadership for the company’s consumer card-issuing and network businesses in over 160 countries worldwide. Previously, he held several senior marketing roles within American Express, including serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Global Network Services from 2011 to January 2013, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management from 2005 to 2011, Vice President of Marketing for the Travelers Cheque and Prepaid Services Group from 2002 to 2004, Vice President and General Manager of Lending for the Small Business Division in 2001 and Vice President of Acquisition and Advertising for Small Business Services from 1999 to 2001. From 1994 to 1999, he held several positions overseas in the Consumer Services Group of American Express, including Vice President of International Product Development, European Head of Revolving Credit and Lending and Senior Director of European Product Development. Peter joined American Express in 1992, acting as Director of Marketing for the Consumer Financial Services Group.
 


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