SeaWorld promotes interim CEO to lead company as earnings show parks performing better

Marc Swanson becomes 5th CEO for company in less than 7 years

ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld on Thursday announced a new CEO -- its fifth in less than seven years -- the same day the entertainment giant’s first-quarter earnings were released.

Marc Swanson was named the company’s new CEO. He had been serving in the role in an interim basis.

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The Orlando-based company, meanwhile, saw some good news as it continues to recover from a big financial hit caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SeaWorld said it saw 2.2 million guests at all its parks in the first quarter, down 4.5% from the same period in 2020.

Total revenue was up 12% from the first quarter last year to nearly $172 million, a net loss of almost $45 million but a 20% improvement compared to the first quarter of 2020.

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