SeaWorld CEO resigns, citing disagreement with board of directors

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ORLANDO, Florida – The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment resigned from his job just five months ago, becoming the third leader of the theme park company to leave in just over two years, according to a file released Monday.

Sergio Rivera has expressed disagreement with the board’s participation in decision-making in the company, according to a file filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

His predecessor, Gustavo “Gus” Antorcha, cited a similar reason for his departure last September.

Rivera resigned on Saturday. He was appointed CEO of the company last November.

“The board remains united to guide the company through the difficult but necessary decisions to best position the company for long-term success,” said chairman of the board Scott Ross in a statement.

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SeaWorld in the wake of COVID-19

The spread of the new coronavirus has crippled the theme park industry. Like most other theme park companies operating in the United States, SeaWorld’s 12 theme parks have been closed since mid-March.

The company said more than a week ago that it is putting 90% of its employees on leave.

SeaWorld employs approximately 4,700 full-time employees and approximately 12,000 part-time employees. During the peak season in 2018, the company hired more than 4,000 additional seasonal workers, including many high school and college students. None of the company’s employees are covered by a collective agreement.

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