Adam Aron

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Adam Aron
Born
Adam Maximilian Aron

(1954-09-30) September 30, 1954 (age 67)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materHarvard University (BA) (MBA)
OccupationPresident/CEO/Chairman, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc.
EmployerAMC Theatres
TitlePresident, CEO and Chairman
TermSince 2015
Spouse(s)
Abbe Kahn
(m. 1987)
Children2

Adam Maximilian Aron (born September 30, 1954) is an American businessman and the chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. More recently, he became a co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, additionally serving as its CEO from 2011 to 2013. Aron had previously served as President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, from 1993 to 1996, as well as Chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts from 1996 to 2006, and continues to serve on the board of directors.[1] In 2006, Aron formed a personal consultancy, World Leisure Partners, Inc.[2] His contributions were hailed by Newsweek during his time at Vail with the headline: "Vail Resorts is a peak performer. CEO Adam Aron has transformed the U.S. ski industry."[3]

Biography

Born to a Jewish family[4][5] Aron graduated from Abington Senior High School in suburban Philadelphia, PA. He then attended Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government, and an MBA with distinction from the Business School.[6] In addition to his tenure as CEO of Vail Resorts, the second-largest ski resort operator worldwide, and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, then the fourth-largest cruise company in the world, he also was Senior Vice President Marketing for United Airlines and for Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Aron was selected by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference in 2004, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the board of directors of the National Forest Foundation from 2000 to 2006, and was a delegate to President Clinton’s 1995 White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. He has more than 35 years of experience managing companies operating in the travel and leisure industries.[7]

Throughout his career, Aron launched numerous award winning marketing programs. Ad Age magazine named him twice to its Ad Age 100 – the 100 best marketing executives in the US.[8] In 2007, Travel Weekly magazine named him to its Club 33—the 33 most influential executives in travel and tourism worldwide.[9]

AMC era

Aron was named CEO of AMC movie theaters in late 2015. Aron was the subject of a number of high-profile pieces in magazines such as Variety that lauded him and his transformation strategy at AMC.[10]

In 2021, Aron took the unusual step of publicly engaging with his investor base via Twitter. He follows about 1,000 AMC retail stockholders on the platform.[11]

Controversy

When AMC announced that most of their theaters would reopen in mid-July 2020, the initial announcement said masks would be recommended but not mandatory: "we are strongly encouraging our guests to wear masks all across the country, but not requiring it" and "We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy . . . We thought it might be counterproductive if we forced mask wearing on those people who believe strongly that it is not necessary."[12] But after massive pushback from the public, Aron changed the policy to require masks: "This announcement prompted an intense and immediate outcry from our customers, and it is clear from this response that we did not go far enough on the usage of masks,"[13] Aron said.

References

  1. ^ "SEC Filing Form 4". Retrieved March 19, 2021. March 19th, 2021
  2. ^ "R.O.I. Records: SALE APPROVED, WILL SMITH AMONG SIXERS NEW OWNERS". roirecords.blogspot.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2014-11-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Jewish Exponent: "He's Got Game" by Michael Elkin Archived 2020-04-04 at the Wayback Machine February 16, 2012
  5. ^ Michael Elkin (Jul 9, 2013). "Beyond the Buzzer: Sixers Jewish CEO Steps Down". The Jewish Exponent. Archived from the original on October 2, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "New CEO hired". philly-archives. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-10-06.
  7. ^ "Adam M. Aron". Businessweek.com. Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2014-11-27.
  8. ^ "Adam M. Aron, Former Chairman and CEO of Vail Resorts, Appointed to Starwood Hotels' Board of Directors / August 2006". hotel-online.com. Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  9. ^ "Club 33: The most influential people in the travel industry". travelweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (27 March 2017). "How Adam Aron Is Transforming AMC and Shaking Up the Movie Theater Business". variety.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2020. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  11. ^ Terret, Eleanor (24 May 2021). "AMC Theaters CEO uses Twitter to build relationships with retail investors". FoxBusiness. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2020-10-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2020-10-02.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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