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John M. Scott III

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John M. Scott III, Director

John Scott is a long standing director, first elected to the board in 2010. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and the former chairman of the Nominating & Governance Committee.

John has a wealth of relevant experience having served as a chief executive officer of both public and private companies in the leisure and hospitality industries. He adds valuable perspective relative to Cedar Fair’s strategic direction, real estate optimization and resort and hospitality services. John also offers hands-on expertise in reenergizing and relaunching several luxury brands.

John currently serves as a senior advisor to TPG Capital and Real Estate, a leading global private equity firm. He is also non-executive chairman of Germany-based A&O Hotels and Hostels, a TPG portfolio company. From 2012 to 2015, John served as president, CEO and a director for NYSE-listed Belmond Ltd., which owns and manages luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and cruise businesses. Prior to Belmond he served as president and CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury hotel and resort company. John has also held senior roles with Maritz, Wolff & Co., a private equity real estate group, Walt Disney Company and Interpacific Group, a hotel owner and operator in the Asia-Pacific region.

John earned a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Niagara University’s College of Hospitality & Tourism.

John was a high school All-American and All-Ivy League Selection in soccer. He was also a member of the Dartmouth Rugby Football team that was the runner-up in the U.S. National College Rugby Championship.


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Director since 2010