SeaWorld Entertainment has announced the company’s CEO, Gustavo Antorcha, is to resign as CEO, after being in the position for just seven months.

Antorcha has also resigned as a board of directors’ member.

Marc Swanson, CFO of SeaWorld, has been appointed as interim CEO. Stepping into Swanson’s shoes is Elizabeth Castro, who has been promoted from chief accounting officer to interim CFO.

Antorcha says he will assist SeaWorld in the smooth transition of appointing its next CEO.

“While I may have a difference of approach, I continue to believe in SeaWorld’s strategy, mission, team and prospects.

“Marc and Elizabeth are fine leaders, and I am confident in their abilities to guide the company forward,” said Antorcha.

Scott Ross, chairman of SeaWorld’s board of directors, said:

“We thank Gus for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavours.

“We know Marc and Elizabeth will be excellent leaders in their new roles and will continue to successfully drive the business forward.

“Marc has been with the company for 19 years and has a deep understanding of the company, its parks and its strategy.

“He has been a key contributor to the success of the business for several years. Elizabeth has been with the company for seven years and has extensive knowledge of the company and its financial profile,” Ross added.

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