IAAPA bids farewell to veteran Jackson, names new vice presidents

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The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced the departure of long-time attraction and hospitality industry veteran Richard M. Jackson, vice president of IAAPA North American Operations.


Karen Staley, senior vice president of IAAPA EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Operations, will assume the role of senior vice president of North American Operations, effective from the end of the month. In addition, Jakob Wahl, who recently rejoined the IAAPA EMEA office, will succeed Staley as vice president of EMEA Operations.

“During his tenure, Richard M. Jackson had a significant impact on the growth of our member base and enhanced the association’s focus of providing outstanding service to our members throughout North America,” said Paul Noland, president and CEO of the IAAPA.

“He worked closely with our global headquarters team to connect attraction operators and industry suppliers with valuable resources, while creating and facilitating many meetings and networking events throughout the region. We thank Richard for his many contributions to the IAAPA and for strengthening the support we could offer to our North American members.”

Staley will relocate to the IAAPA’s global headquarters in Orlando, Florida to lead the continued expansion of North American member services and programs. She will report to Doug Stagner, chief operating officer of the IAAPA.

Wahl joined the IAAPA team in 2009 as a program manager for several years, and most recently served as director of communications and executive assistant to management at Europa-Park. He will also report to Stagner.

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