Apparently, running SeaWorld is a summer temp job these days.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that its CEO, Gustavo Antorcha, has stepped down, just over six months after taking the job. Antorcha, who previously had run Carnival Cruise Lines, cited "a difference of approach" for resigning.
Antorcha lasted less time than the executive search that hired him to replace interim CEO John T. Reilly, the longtime park executive who left the company after Antorcha got the gig. Heck, I know seasonal temp workers who have lasted long at the parks than Antorcha did.
SeaWorld promoted its Chief Financial Officer, Marc Swanson, to be the latest person to sit in the interim CEO seat. Chief Accounting Officer Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy slides over to become the interim CFO, while also holding on to her CAO job — meaning that SWE at least gets to save one FTE with this switch.
SeaWorld started to do well last year under Reilly, as it brought back the free beer at its parks that helped boost attendance under old corporate parent Anheuser-Busch. Once AB got bought by InBev and the Belgian conglomerate spun off the parks, SeaWorld began its decade of decline.
The company's direction for next year is coasters, coasters, and more coasters, as it has announced new roller coasters for its parks in San Diego, San Antonio, Tampa, Orlando, and Williamsburg, Va.
Whether this switch in leadership means that SeaWorld will continue to order up more beer festivals and thrill rides or tack to another course remains to be seen.Tweet
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