Delaware North making executive changes

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 8:03 AM EDT

Four executives involved in changes that take effect Jan. 1st

Delaware North Cos. Inc. has announced multiple changes to its management team.

The Buffalo-based food and hospitality company said the moves involve four leading executives:

• Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice since 2004, will become president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Abramson also be executive chairman of the company's Australia and New Zealand operations and will pursue opportunities for growth in Asia and India.

• John Wentzell, currently president of Delaware North Companies Boston and Delaware North Companies International, will take the helm as president of Sportservice, overseeing the company's portfolio of more than 50 venues throughout North America and the United Kingdom as well as additional growth opportunities throughout Europe.

• Kevin Kelly, currently president of Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, will move into a newly created role for Delaware North as vice president of shared services for the company's global operations. Kelly will oversee enterprise-wide services - including retail, the Culinary and Hospitality Council, supply management services, facilities, corporate security and the GreenPath environmental management program.

• Jim Houser, currently vice president of administration for Delaware North Companies, will take on a new leadership role for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts as chief operating officer. He will focus on operations in both North American and Australian Parks & Resorts locations plus play a pivotal role in the company's growth initiatives in Asia and India.

The changes, announced by Delaware North President and Chief Operating Officer Charles Moran, will take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

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