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Cedar Fair names new CEO

Cedar Fair LP d/b/a Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. tapped Richard Zimmerman, its president and COO, to be its new CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Zimmerman will succeed Matt Ouimet, who will assume the newly created position of executive chairman of the board, the company said Oct. 4. Cedar Fair appointed Debra Smithart-Oglesby lead independent director of the board.

Zimmerman will be added to the company's board during the 2018 annual meeting period. Also effective Jan. 1, 2018, Eric Affeldt will transition from his role as chairman of the board and continue to serve as a director.