Fitzgerald heads HR at Vail

Vail Resorts has announced the appointment of Steven S. Fitzgerald as senior vice
president of human resources.Fitzgerald will assume responsibility for all
facets of human resource leadership and management across the Company’s
operations, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Robert Katz. Fitzgerald
will begin his new position in mid-July and will office in the Company’s
new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colo.
  Fitzgerald was formerly a human resource executive at two companies
with strong Colorado ties, StorageTek and Sun Microsystems. At StorageTek,
he held several senior positions within the human resource area, having
played an instrumental role in building the human resource function that
was recognized for its excellence by publications such as Fortune and HR
Executive. Fitzgerald was deeply involved in the acquisition of StorageTek
by Sun, and led substantial portions of the integration of the two
companies. Since the close of that acquisition, he has led Sun’s Global
Talent Management activity, an organization that included the recruiting,
succession, leadership development and diversity functions of the
$13-billion company.
  “I’m delighted to have someone of Steven’s caliber join our executive
team and lead our dedicated and talented group of human resource
professionals. The employees of Vail Resorts are our most important asset
and I know Steve will be terrific in leading our efforts to manage, support
and develop all of our people,” said Katz.
  “This is a rare opportunity to join an iconic company, and I’m
flattered to have been selected for the role,” said Fitzgerald. “Already a
magnet for talent, Vail Resorts is positioned to be even more competitive
in that arena in the coming years. Our unrivaled properties, customer base,
recent business performance and the dynamic team that Rob is putting
together all combine to make it an ideal situation to step into. I can’t
wait to get started.”
  Fitzgerald earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University,
as well as his master’s in labor and industrial relations. He spent the
first 14 years of his career at Ford Motor Company in a variety of human
resources and other management roles. He, his wife Diana, and his two sons
are residents of Erie, Colo.