IAAPA Appoints Doug Stagner as COO and EVP of Worldwide Operations

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced the appointment of Doug Stagner to the roles of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President (EVP) of Worldwide Operations.

EVP of Worldwide Operations is a new position created to oversee the IAAPA’s growth and global infrastructure.

IAAPA President and CEO, Paul Noland, praised Stagner for his inspirational leadership skills. He said Stagner was ‘the right person at the right time’:

“Doug’s understanding of the association coupled with his previous work overseeing international business development opportunities and day-to-day operation of 12 U.S. domestic parks, uniquely positions him as the person who can help direct IAAPA toward its bright future.”

Stagner (32) has worked his way up through the industry’s ranks. He began his career as a ride operator at SeaWorld San Diego in 1984. Since then, he has amassed a wealth of experience in operations, business development, and strategic planning and execution.

The industry veteran joins IAAPA from his position as Vice President, International Operations at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment where he spearheaded expansion efforts in Asia.

Stagner has a long connection with the association as a Board member and active volunteer. He has also served as the chair of IAAPA’s education committee. And, in 2013, he was honoured with the IAAPA Meritorious Service Award.

“I’m thrilled to join the IAAPA team, ” reported Stagner. “I have a deep appreciation for the association staff and all they do to support and better the attractions industry globally. I look forward to helping lead this talented group of individuals as the association forges a new path forward.”

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions. The association represents 5, 000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries across all sectors. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, it has a network of regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando.