Leadership change at top theme park industry group

February 15, 2018, 3:52 PM · The world's leading trade organization for the theme park industry announced today that its president and CEO is stepping down to take an executive leadership position elsewhere in the industry.

Paul Noland has led IAAPA since 2013, following leadership roles with Mariott and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. IAAPA has not announced what company for which Noland is leaving. (*Update: He will be taking over as CEO of Accesso, which provides ticketing and queuing solutions for theme parks and other attractions.) Noland will be replaced on an interim basis by IAAPA CFO and former SeaWorld executive Hal McEvoy as the organization searches for a permanent replacement.

"Paul has led IAAPA through some of the most successful years in the association's 100-year history," IAAPA Board Chairman and Liseberg President and CEO, Andreas Andersen, said in a statement. "In addition, he has managed an extensive expansion of member services, the continued globalization of the association, and the complicated relocation of IAAPA's headquarters from the Washington, D.C. area to Orlando. For this, we owe him a very warm thank you."

IAAPA runs the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, as well as other international trade shows around the world. Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, IAAPA has been the industry's leading lobbyist on federal legislation issues and in recent years has expanded its role in training and developing leadership talent throughout the industry.

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