Shake Up in Leadership at SeaWorld Team as the Company Struggles for a Come Back
On Friday, SeaWorld Entertainment announced that it is replacing several of its executives as the company faces financial troubles with dropping stock prices and attendance. Troubles began for the company following controversies regarding its treatment of killer whales.
A decline in attendance for the company came in recent years after a documentary called Blackfish, depicted the treatment of orca whales at the company's water parks.
Joel Manby, the company's CEO said that he has replaced the Chief Parks Operations Officer and Chief Zoological Officer in an internal promotions arrangement. He also added that he has hired an outsider as the new San Antonio Park President. According to the company, it is also launching a resorts development group for expanding its resorts.
The shakeup efforts of the company were described by Manby as an attempt to "deliver on our strategic priorities."
The company said in its new Resorts Development Group, John Reilly will become Chief Parks Operations Officer as Daniel Brown will retire from his post. Reilly will supervise the operations at the eleven theme parks of the company. The lead of the SeaWorld resort group will be taken by Steve Iandolo.
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