New Leadership Structure for Viad's Travel & Recreation Group

Dykstra to Lead Business Unit

Jan 06, 2014, 06:00 ET from Viad Corp

PHOENIX, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) announced today a new leadership structure for its Travel & Recreation Group.  Michael Hannan, president of its Travel & Recreation Group and president of the Brewster Travel Canada (Brewster) business unit, has resigned for personal reasons and has left the company.  Paul Dykstra, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Viad will lead the Travel & Recreation Group.  David McKenna, vice president of hotels and attractions for Brewster, will assume the position of interim president of Brewster, reporting to Dykstra.  Cynthia Ognjanov will continue to serve as the president of the Glacier Park, Inc. business unit (Glacier Park), and will assume the position of president of the Alaska Denali Travel business unit, also reporting to Dykstra.  Hannan will be available to the company on a consulting basis to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

"Much has been accomplished during Michael's tenure as president of the Travel & Recreation Group, including the successful integration of four acquisitions, the completion of the Glacier Skywalk, a new world-class attraction in Jasper National Park, and the revitalization of the Brewster and Alaska Denali Travel brands," stated Dykstra.  "We are grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best."

"It has been a great experience for me to lead the Viad Travel & Recreation Group through this exciting period of growth," stated Hannan.  "I want to thank all of the Viad, Brewster, Glacier Park and Alaska Denali Travel employees who have worked so tirelessly to make the Travel & Recreation Group what it is today."

Dykstra concluded, "We believe the new leadership structure will serve the business well as we head into 2014.  Although the grand opening of the Glacier Skywalk in May 2014 will help to offset the financial impact of the termination of our Glacier National Park concession contract, the business has in fact changed and we believe this streamlined structure aligns well with our go-forward needs.  Dave McKenna and Cindy Ognjanov are both seasoned leaders with a proven track record of success within our Travel & Recreation Group and I am confident in their ability, and the ability of the entire Travel & Recreation Group team, to execute against our key operational, financial and strategic initiatives."

About Viad

Viad is an S&P SmallCap 600 company. Viad operates through its Marketing & Events Group, composed of Global Experience Specialists, Inc. and affiliates, and its Travel & Recreation Group, composed of Brewster Travel Canada, Glacier Park, Inc., and Alaska Denali Travel. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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