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Canyon Ranch Founders to Retire

FORT WORTH, TX—Canyon Ranch founders Melvin and Enid Zuckerman, along with Jerrold Cohen, will retire from the legacy brand after nearly 40 years. CEO Susan Docherty, who was appointed to her position in 2015, will lead the mission-based organization. The wellness destination provides services across its five pillars: Health + Healing, Fitness + Movement, Spa + Beauty, Mind + Spirit, and Food + Nutrition.

“I wish to personally thank Mel, Enid and Jerry for their inspiring commitment and our successful partnership which dates back to 1996,” said John C. Goff, chairman and CEO, Crescent Real Estate Holdings, owner of Canyon Ranch. 

“Their vision of transformation through holistic wellness has had a profound effect on tens of thousands of lives, including my own, and I wish them a fulfilling retirement embodying the Canyon Ranch lifestyle they created. I am confident that our CEO, Susan Docherty, along with her new executive leadership team are poised to pay homage to the founders’ promise and enliven the Canyon Ranch narrative for decades to come,” Goff added.

The Zuckermans and Cohen sparked a movement in the health and wellness industry with the launch of their flagship property Canyon Ranch in Tucson in 1979. In addition, the brand has opened sister resorts in Lenox, MA, and Kaplankaya, Turkey; operates numerous brand extensions including Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and The Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas as well as Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Sea facilities onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 luxury ocean liner, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and on Celebrity Cruises.

Canyon Ranch has been at the forefront of the now $3.72 trillion global wellness space, expanding the concept of a health resort by introducing a comprehensive professional approach, with a staff that includes board-certified physicians, registered dieticians, exercise physiologists and licensed therapists, according to the company.

Before joining Canyon Ranch, Docherty spent three decades at General Motors, during which she was the first woman in the company’s 100-year history to be appointed and hold a corporate officer title as VP of sales.

At Canyon Ranch, Docherty has guided the company into its next chapter of growth, with milestones including the brand’s first international foray, as well as the launch of the brand’s 20th SpaClub at Sea location onboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. Docherty also spearheaded development of the Residences at Bellefontaine, 19 condominiums at the Massachusetts destination.

Docherty said, “I was drawn to Canyon Ranch because of its pioneering spirit and vision. I want to ensure that this cherished and respected brand thrives and evolves, impacting the physical, mental and spiritual lives of new audiences domestically and globally. Canyon Ranch remains a fast-growing and forward-looking company that remains fiercely devoted to the mission set forth by its founders: providing transformative wellness to enable people to live their fullest lives.” 

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