Gina D. France

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Gina D. France, Director

Gina D. France was first elected a Cedar Fair board director in 2011, is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. She is Founder, President and CEO of France Strategic Partners LLC, a strategy and transaction advisory firm serving corporate clients across the country.


Gina has more than 35 years of corporate strategy, finance and investment banking experience and has served as a strategic advisor to over 250 companies throughout her career.


Before founding France Strategic Partners in 2003, Gina was a partner with Ernst & Young LLP where she led a national client-facing strategy group serving CEOs and their C-suite teams. Previous to EY, she was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in New York and San Francisco, specializing in Structured Finance. Prior to Lehman Brothers, she served as the international cash manager of Marathon Oil Company, responsible for handling hundreds of millions of dollars in international transactions for 26 international subsidiaries.


Gina serves on the boards of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ: HBAN), a $105 billion asset regional bank holding company operating in eight states; CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE: CBZ), an accounting services, risk management and employee benefits provider with over 100 offices nationwide; and the Dreyfus Family of Funds, an investment advisor. She has also served on the boards of FirstMerit Corporation prior to its acquisition by Huntington Bancshares and Dawn Food Products, one of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors of bakery products.


Having graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University, Gina later earned an MBA with highest honors from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a Trustee of Baldwin Wallace University, where she chaired the Strategy Committee and served on the Executive Committee. Gina also served as President of the Board for Hamilton Family Center, one of the San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter providers with a focus on serving the needs of homeless children.



Gina is a board director and passionate devotee of the non-profit DANCECleveland, one of the nation’s oldest dance presenters in the United States. With a mission to bring modern and contemporary dance into the hearts of people in Northeast Ohio, DANCECleveland has curated more than 200 national and international, world-renowned dance companies, all performing their artistry under the glittering lights of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.


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Director since 2011