Orlando’s SeaWorld Entertainment notes changes, adds leadership staff


With one new director on board and another in consideration, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is moving forward with structural and staff changes with today’s announcement of new theme park professionals joining its ranks in Orlando, Florida.

Ron Bension, formerly an executive with MCA/Universal Studios Recreation Group, succeeds Jim Atchison as director. Atchison will continue to consult with Sea World. Bension brings e-commerce and entertainment experience to his post.

Additionally, Donald Robinson, previously EVP of Hong Kong Disneyland and well versed in theme park, resort and related ventures, has been nominated to replace Joe Baratta on SeaWorld’s board of directors.

SeaWorld also announced that its board is poised to adopt changes to its corporate regimen by proposing two improvements at its 2016 annual meeting scheduled for June: phasing out its current board structure to create one-year terms, and employing a majority voting system for director elections.

"As we have transformed SeaWorld over the past year, the board has taken decisive action on several fronts to best serve the interests of all our shareholders and other stakeholders,” SeaWorld Chairman David D'Alessandro said. “Adding these two independent theme park industry veterans to our already broadly experienced board, together with enhancements to our governance practices, is consistent with our priorities and reflects constructive input from our shareholders."

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