Vail Resorts names retail chief operating officer |

Vail Resorts names retail chief operating officer

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts has announced the appointment of Greg Sullivan as the company’s new Vail Resorts Retail chief operating officer, effective on Monday.

Sullivan joins the company following a nearly 20-year career with Wal-Mart from 1993-2013; most recently as a division president, where he was responsible for $24 billion in revenue and more than 100,000 employees. Since 2013, Sullivan was an executive with Crocs, as their global transformation senior vice president, where he was responsible for driving the operational, market and strategic transformation, supplying all-season products to consumers in more than 90 countries.

“I want to welcome Greg to Vail Resorts. I am confident that Greg’s extensive experience and expertise in retail and his leadership track record will help continue to re-imagine the future potential of Vail Resorts Retail and drive success for our retail group, including the integration of Whistler Blackcomb’s retail operations, upon the closing of that acquisition,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

Bringing experience

Sullivan holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. He is a member of Executive Leadership Development for the American Diabetes Association and serves as a mentor for the University of Colorado’s Leeds Business Council.

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Sullivan replaces current Vail Resorts Retail chief operating officer, Kat Jobanputra, who has been with Vail Resorts since 2010, when the company acquired Specialty Sports Venture, where Jobanputra worked since 1994.

“Kat has been a part of Specialty Sports Venture for more than 20 years and an integral part of its growth and success. Since the acquisition of Specialty Sports Venture by Vail Resorts in 2010, Kat has led our retail business and achieved strong results that have meaningfully advanced Vail Resorts and our guest experience. On behalf of the company, I want to thank Kat for his leadership and partnership to create what Vail Resorts Retail is today,” Katz said.

Vail Resorts Retail operates more than 185 stores in and around its 12 resorts in Colorado, Utah, Lake Tahoe and the Midwest as well as in the metropolitan areas of Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Minneapolis. In addition to renting and selling winter sports equipment, the stores offer gear for outdoor recreational activities.

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