Beth Howard leaving Northstar; search for new GM underway
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Vail Resorts announced a slew of upper management changes this week, highlighted locally by the search beginning for a new manager at Northstar California.
Vail Mountain’s chief operating officer, Chris Jarnot, will move to a new role of mountain division executive vice president, Vail Resorts said Wednesday.
Jarnot, 49, will oversee the company’s four Colorado resorts: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, as well as provide continued oversight of the operations of Perisher in Australia, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan, and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.
Succeeding Jarnot at Vail Mountain will be Doug Lovell, 58, the current chief operating officer at Beaver Creek.
Simultaneous to Lovell’s move to Vail, Beth Howard, 53, the current general manager at Northstar, will become the next Beaver Creek chief operating officer.
“Specifically, with the official close of the Whistler Blackcomb acquisition earlier this week, the company is scaling the organization with a leadership structure that aligns to recent and future expansion and creates new opportunities for several experienced leaders at the company,” Vail Resorts said in a release.
Howard began her career with Vail Resorts in 1985 as a college intern at Beaver Creek and, for nearly three decades, she increased her leadership and operational oversight of mountain dining across all of the Company’s resorts, including more than 100 restaurants and eight private mountain and golf clubs.
She was promoted to lead Northstar in 2014 and is returning to Beaver Creek after two years leading the guest and employee experience at the Lake Tahoe resort.
The company will immediately begin a search for Howard’s replacement at Northstar.
“These leadership changes across our mountain division speak to the expertise and commitment that Chris, Doug and Beth each possess,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer. “Their collective nearly 100 years of experience at Vail Resorts says something about the opportunities they have sought during their tenure with the Company as well as their personal and professional passion to not only be a part of, but to leave a lasting legacy upon, this industry.”
Jarnot joined Vail Resorts in 1985 and has been the Vail Mountain chief operating officer since 2008. He will continue to report to mountain division president Patricia Campbell and office at Vail Resorts’ headquarters in Broomfield.
Lovell joined Vail Resorts in 1994 and has significant experience in mountain operations at Beaver Creek and Keystone. He was at the helm of Keystone before returning to Beaver Creek in 2010 as the resort’s chief operating officer.