SeaWorld names new CEO


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Joel Manby has been named Chief Executive Officer for SeaWorld, effective April 7. Jim Atchison stepped down as CEO on January 15; David D’Alessandro has been filling in since then and will continue on as chairman. Manby, 55, has experience running theme parks, with a background as CEO of Herschend Enterprises, owner of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood and the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.

Manby said, “This company has tremendous brands, and for more than 50 years, families have come to our parks to learn about animals, have fun and be entertained. We are known for our exceptional operations and world-class animal care. My job is to build on that foundation while consistently improving and innovating in a competitive environment. I look forward to working with our more than 23,000 team members through the challenges ahead.”

News source/Photo credit: U-T San Diego

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