Universal Studios Hollywood president Karen Irwin will lead Universal Orlando as the current president of the Florida-themed resort will retire after 15 years, the company announced Wednesday.
In another development, Tom Mehrmann, who most recently served as president of Universal Beijing Resort, will assume the role of president of the newly created Pacific Rim, Universal Parks & Resorts, overseeing Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Beijing Measures.
The leadership changes will take effect January 1, as Mark Woodbury, currently president and vice president of Universal Creative, becomes president and chief executive officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, following the director’s appointment. Longtime chief executive Tom Williams is retiring, according to the company. Irwin and Mehrmann will report to Woodbury as part of his executive leadership team.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Tom Williams for his leadership, his vision and all that I have learned from him,” Woodbury said in a statement. “Thanks to Tom’s extraordinary leadership and the work and commitment of everyone at Universal Parks & Resorts, we can be confident and excited about the future of our business.”
Reporting to Mehrmann as business leaders will be Scott Strobl, now senior vice president of operations for Universal Studios Hollywood, in his new role as executive vice president and general manager of Universal Studios Hollywood, JL Bonnier, president of Universal Studios Japan, and Joe Hoskin, executive vice president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort, according to the company.
Additional executive leadership updates include Alice Norsworthy, now executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Universal Parks & Resorts, becoming president of global marketing, Universal Parks & Resorts; Page Thompson, now president and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts – International, takes on a new role as president of UPR New Ventures; and Michael Hightower, senior vice president and chief project officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, will become chairman of Universal Creative effective January 1.