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May 6, 2014
Hampton, VA USA
I just saw this in my news feed and came here to find out the reaction.  I hope this is a good move for Carl.  He seems like a great guy and to be good for BGW. I have enjoyed chatting with him in and around the park and will miss seeing him.  Any news on a replacement?

Source: USA Today

Embattled amusement-park operator SeaWorld Entertainment on Friday announced a sweeping shakeup in its executive team.

The moves include the departures of the company's chief parks operations officer, chief zoological officer and San Antonio park director.

The shakeup comes as SeaWorld is trying to overhaul its business and boost attendance in the wake of a 2013 documentary that raised questions about the company's treatment of orcas and their interactions with trainers at the company's parks.

SeaWorld to end killer-whale shows in San Diego

It also comes after reports of four animal deaths at its San Antonio park since last summer, including a 12-year-old dolphin that died two weeks ago.

It was not immediately clear whether the changes were tied to either of those factors. A spokesman for the publicly traded Orlando, Fla.-based company (SEAS) did not immediately return a request seeking comment Friday morning.

The changes include:

—Chief Parks Operations Daniel Brown is retiring. San Diego park President John Reilly will ascend to that position. Marilyn Hannes, who was serving as vice president of global sales, will become president of the San Diego park.

—Chief Zoological Officer Brad Andrews will become zoological director emeritus. The company's vice president of veterinary services, Chris Dold, will become chief zoological officer.

—San Antonio park President Dan Becker is leaving the company and will be succeeded by Carl Lum, who was serving as the company's Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA park president.

"These leaders bring to their new roles an extraordinary depth of knowledge and talent and the right expertise to deliver on our strategic priorities," SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said in a statement.

The moves also come after SeaWorld last fall announced it would end killer-whale shows at its San Diego property following public scrutiny and regulatory pressure.

The California Coastal Commission has refused to give the company permission to breed killer whales, a decision that would have threatened its theatrical shows.

Per-capita admissions revenue fell by 2.1% through the first nine months of 2015 to $37.64 as the company continued to discount tickets to boost attendance.

SeaWorld Entertainment operates 11 parks in five states, including Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. The company's revenue through the first nine months of 2015 fell 1% to $1.1 billion, while net income fell 20% to $60.2 million.


ParkFans Founder
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Jun 2, 2011
Raleigh, NC
RE: SeaWorld Changes. Carl is going to San Antonio?

Wow... Congrats to John Reilly on his promotion. He did great work at SWSD and was a great Park President at BGW, the man has amazing an vision.

I hope Carl Lum enjoys the weather in Texas.

Now the question is, who is going to be BGW's new Park President.
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