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Feb 28, 2024

Vail Resorts appoints general counsel from in-house

Julie DeCecco has been with the company since 2017

NYSE-listed Vail Resorts has promoted Julie DeCecco to general counsel and executive vice president.

DeCecco was previously the company’s deputy general counsel and vice president. She joined Vail Resorts in 2017 as associate general counsel and the following year was promoted to deputy general counsel. She oversees legal matters for the company’s corporate functions in addition to its mountain division, comprising 41 mountain resorts across 15 states and four countries. She also heads up the company’s real estate division and previously led community relations.

Before joining Vail Resorts, DeCecco was associate general counsel for DaVita and chief litigation counsel at Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), where she played a key role on more than 25 acquisitions.

She succeeds David Shapiro, who has joined digital promotions and performance marketing firm Ibotta as its first chief legal officer. In his new role, he oversees all legal, risk management and corporate governance activities at Ibotta.

Julie DeCecco
Julie DeCecco

Shapiro spent eight years as general counsel at Vail Resorts, before which he spent seven years at DaVita where he held several roles, including chief compliance officer and general counsel.

Kirsten Lynch, CEO of Vail Resorts, says in a statement: ‘Julie is a proven leader who has played a crucial role in nearly every aspect of our business over the last seven years. I am pleased to see [her] promoted into this role – a testament to our company’s strong talent pipeline and diligent succession planning. Julie’s thorough understanding of our business and extensive legal expertise will be an asset to Vail Resorts as we continue to grow.

‘I want to extend my gratitude to David Shapiro for his commitment and leadership during his nearly nine years as general counsel of Vail Resorts. He had a meaningful impact on our company, the business and development of talent during a period of transformation and growth. We wish him the best in the next chapter in his career.’

Ben Maiden

Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance...