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Former Yahoo! exec named to Vail Resorts board of directors

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September 28, 2015, 2:36 pm

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced Monday that former Yahoo! executive Susan Decker has been appointed to the ski company’s board of directors, effective immediately.

Vail Resorts logoDecker, who served as both president and chief financial officer at Yahoo! Inc., currently serves on several boards of directors, including Berkshire Hathaway; Intel Corporation, where she is lead director; and Costco Wholesale. She also serves as an advisor for several venture-backed Internet start-ups and is a trustee of the global non-profit organization, Save the Children.

“We’re thrilled to have someone with Sue’s strong strategic and financial acumen join our board,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “Sue has an outstanding track record of board service for some of the most respected companies in the world and a keen understanding of what it takes to lead a passion-driven organization through an engaged culture and high expectations. We look forward to having Sue’s insight as we chart the future of Vail Resorts.”

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Decker was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School (HBS), where she was involved in case development activities and worked with students. Prior to that, Decker served in several positions for Yahoo! from June 2000 to April 2009. She most recently served as president of Yahoo! from June 2007 to April 2009. Before becoming president, Decker served as the head of one of Yahoo!’s two major business units, the advertiser and publisher group, from December 2006 to June 2007. Decker was Yahoo!’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration from June 2000 to June 2007.

Before joining Yahoo!, Decker was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) in New York City. Most recently, she served as global director of equity research at DLJ. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, she spent 12 years as an equity research analyst covering media, publishing and advertising stocks. In this capacity, Decker received recognition from Institutional Investor magazine as a top-rated analyst for 10 consecutive years, from 1989-1998.

Decker holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, with a double major in computer science and economics, and a master’s degree from HBS. In 2010, she received the Alumni Achievement Award, HBS’s highest honor. Decker also was listed among the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Forbes in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Decker grew up in Denver and is a passionate skier, having served for a season on the junior ski patrol at Winter Park Resort. She currently lives in San Francisco with her fiance and three children.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, SKI Magazine, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), Ski Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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