After a year of capacity limits due to COVID-19, SeaWorld enjoyed a robust Spring Break season. Facing a year-over-year loss of more than $44 million in 2021 Q1, the Board of Directors embraced the positive news. As company leadership takes a collective sigh of relief, they realize there are still challenges ahead.
Scott Ross, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SeaWorld, announced two promotions in May that should help the company navigate the recovery period effectively.
First, interim Chief Executive Officer, Marc Swanson, was promoted to a permanent CEO position on the Entertainment Executive Team. Secondly, Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy, an eight-year veteran of SeaWorld, assumed the role of permanent Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on the Team. Both Swanson and Gulacsy bring years of experience to their roles that will strengthen the company’s strategic focus on adding value for guests and other stakeholders.
During his 20-year tenure with SeaWorld, Swanson held many roles, including VP Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (2011–2012) and Corporate Controller of Busch Entertainment Corp. (2008–2011). He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a master’s degree from DePaul University.
Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy is also a CPA and holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Florida. Previous positions at SeaWorld include Corporate VP, Financial Reporting (2016–2017) and Director, Financial Reporting (2013–2016).
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