Universal Parks and Resorts announced several promotions on Wednesday, following the news that Mark Woodbury would be promoted to CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts on Jan. 1. 

Current chairman Tom Williams will retire March 16.

Karen Irwin
Karen Irwin

Karen Irwin, president of Universal Studios Hollywood, will become president of Universal Orlando Resort on Jan. 1.

Irwin succeeds Bill Davis, who is retiring after 15 years in the post.

Davis oversaw Universal's Orlando campus "through a historic expansion," Universal said, including the opening of two Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands -- Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley -- as well as the Volcano Bay waterpark.

Irwin has been with Universal Parks & Resorts for more than 30 years. She has been the president of Universal Studios Hollywood since 2016. Before that, she held wide-ranging roles, including overseeing food and beverage operations, merchandise and partner development.

Additionally, Universal said that Tom Mehrmann, president of Universal Beijing Resort, will take on the new role of president, Pacific Rim, Universal Parks and Resorts, overseeing Universal Beijing Resort, Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood, also effective Jan. 1.

Mehrmann's experience in theme parks more than 45 years. He joined Universal Parks and Resorts in 2017 president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort.

Scott Stobl, currently senior vice president of operations at Universal Studios Hollywood, will become executive vice president and general manager of Universal Studios Hollywood, reporting to Mehrmann. 

Also reporting to Mehrmann will be J.L. Bonnier, president of Universal Studios Japan, and Joe Hoskin, executive vice president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort.

Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Universal Parks and Resorts, has been promoted to president of global marketing, Universal Parks and Resorts.

Page Thompson, president and chief operating officer of Universal Parks and Resorts -- International, will take on the new role of President of UPR New Ventures.

Previously, Michael Hightower was named president of Universal Creative.

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