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SeaWorld CEO Resigns After 5 Months In Position

Photo: NeONBRAND @neonbrand
Photo: NeONBRAND @neonbrand

SeaWorld is searching for a CEO, again. Sergio Rivera resigned after holding the job for only 5 months. 

Rivera signed on as CEO back in November under a 3 year contract. Rivera said he resigned because of disagreements over the Board’s involvement in the decision making at the company. 

His resignation makes this the fourth turnover in leadership in the last 3 years.  His predecessor, Gustavo "Gus" Antorcha, resigned in September 2019 after serving only 7 months as CEO. 

 Marc Swanson, Chief Financial Officer at SeaWorld, will once again step in as Interim CEO.

The leadership shakeup comes as SeaWorld furloughed more than 90% of its employees amid the coronavirus pandemic. SeaWorld Entertainment operates multiple theme parks, including SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica.

After a brief stint as Morning Edition Producer at The Public’s Radio in Rhode Island, Talia Blake returned to Central Florida Public Media. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Psychology. While at UCF, she was an intern for Central Florida’s public affairs show, Intersection. She joined on as Morning Edition Host in 2019. In 2022, Ms. Blake was appointed to the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalist’s board of directors.