- New Chief Transformation Officer position to be filled by current Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Treasurer; internal interim CFO and Treasurer appointed
- Co-Chief Park Operations Officer role created, including a leader Florida park and a nonFlorida garden
- Three new park presidents announced for parks orlando and san antony
- Appointment of Chief Accounting Officer (CAO)
Orlando, FL, January 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS ), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced the promotion of eight leaders across its business units as part of an organizational realignment designed to support the company’s continued Positioning for growth and long-term development. Term value creation.This includes forming a new Chief Transformation Officer role and appointing two experienced park leaders to the joint role of Chief Park Operations Officer (CPOO), with one responsible for Florida Park and another leading all nonFlorida garden. The company also named an interim chief financial officer and treasurer, three new campus presidents and a new chief administrative officer. All roles involve promotion within the organization.
mark swansonSeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. CEO said: “I am pleased to announce these important leadership advancements and organizational changes that will help us better execute our plans and initiatives, seize opportunities, and deliver better operations and financial performance.”
Swanson continued: “I am proud of the progress we have made over the past few years, including emerging from the pandemic as a stronger, more profitable business with industry-leading results. I am proud of our Excited about our plans for 2023 with a plethora of new rides, attractions, events, and new and improved park grounds and products. The changes announced today join our long-term plan to drive increased revenue, improved in-park experience and operational execution, and reduced costs Management will put us in an even stronger position for our stakeholders – the millions of visitors who enjoy our parks each year, our ambassadors across the company, the communities in which we operate, our partners and our investments Those who create greater value.”
Current Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer cher adams Promoted to the new role of Chief Transformation Officer. In this new role, Adams will be responsible for simplifying and redesigning organizational processes and implementing high-value initiatives to ensure the successful execution of our transformation strategy. She will also be responsible for leading our business development and growth activities. Adams last year from the Cosmopolitan of las vegas She is responsible for driving business transformation and process improvement across the organization.
Jim Forrest Promoted to Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Forrester has been with SeaWorld since 2019, most recently serving as vice president of finance for Orlando parks including SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove. He has more than two decades of theme park finance experience, including at The Walt Disney Company, walt disney worldand Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, among others.
Two experienced park leaders have been promoted to the joint position of Chief Park Operations Officer (CPOO). The CPOO will collectively oversee all park operations. Kyle Miller Promoted to CPOO Florida garden. Miller has served as park president for SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Orlando Aquatica since 2019 and has been with the companies for approximately 28 years. Byron Surrett Promoted to CPOO for all non-Florida garden. Since 2019, Surrett has served as Parks President of SeaWorld San Antonio and Wet San Antonio, and this June he will celebrate 47 years with the company.
Three leaders were promoted to the position of park president. These include Jon ‘JP’ Peterson, who has been promoted to SeaWorld Orlando’s park president. Peterson has been with SeaWorld for about 30 years and has been SeaWorld Orlando’s vice president of animal operations since 2019. bradley gilmore Promoted to Park President for Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove. Gilmour has served as Discovery Cove’s Vice President of Park Operations for the past four years, 2023 mark his 20day Work in the company for one year. Jody Davenport Promoted to Park President for SeaWorld San Antonio and Water Park San Antonio. Davenport has been with SeaWorld since 2020, most recently serving as the park’s vice president of finance and IT. Prior to joining SeaWorld, Davenport worked at Six Flags for nearly 20 years in various financial positions, including Controller.
Shekufi Boyle Promoted to Chief Accounting Officer, reporting to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Boyle is in his 9th year with SeaWorld Entertainment and most recently served as the company’s Corporate Controller and Vice President of Accounting. Prior to joining SeaWorld, she worked as an audit manager in public accounting. Boyle is a Chartered Accountant.
All promotions and changes are effective immediately.
About SeaWorld Entertainment
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS ) is a leading theme parks and entertainment company that delivers experiences that matter and inspires guests to protect animals and our world’s wild wonders. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest collections of animals in the world and has helped lead the way in animal care. The company also rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned or abandoned marine and terrestrial animals with a view to returning them to the wild.Ocean World® Rescue teams have helped more than 40,000 animals in need throughout the company’s history. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of well-known brands, including SeaWorld®busch gardens®Aquatic products®sesame street® and sea rescue®. Over its 60+ year history, the company has built a diverse portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks in key markets around the world United States, many of which showcase their unique zoological collections. The company’s theme parks feature a variety of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal, providing visitors with memorable experiences and a strong value proposition.
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