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Completion news: Jim Forester, Chief Information Officer, Xanterra Travel Collection

We are pleased to have assisted Xanterra Travel Collection in the recruitment of Jim Forester as Chief Information Officer. Jim previously held technology leadership roles with T-Mobile and Jack in the Box. He was a Partner in Accenture’s System Integration Practice serving Fortune 500 clients in retail, natural resources, communications, and consumer products. Jim is a 1992 graduate of the University of Arizona.

Xanterra Travel Collection, owned by The Anschutz Corporation, is a growing group of travel and leisure businesses operating in more than 30 countries. Xanterra’s businesses include lodging, food and beverage, a cruise line, short-line railroad, and adventure travel companies. Xanterra is the largest concessioner for the U.S. National Park Service, operating lodges, restaurants, retail shops and guest activities in national parks such as Grand Canyon, Glacier and Yellowstone.  For additional detail see Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.XTC CIO Jim Forester

Reporting to Chief Executive Officer Andy Todd, Jim will lead the strategic I/T transformation for the company, from technology architecture and business systems to guest experience. Congratulations and best wishes to Jim and the Xanterra team.

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