Monday, October 5, 2015

SeaWorld Entertainment Creates New Business Development Position

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Matt Rearden has been appointed to the newly-created role of Senior Business Development Officer, effective immediately. Rearden previously served as the Corporate Vice President of Business Affairs for the Company. 

Reporting directly to Joel Manby, the company's CEO, Mr. Rearden will be "responsible for developing new business and strategic partnerships and capitalizing on international and domestic development and merger and acquisition opportunities, while continuing to lead strategic planning initiatives for the Company."

It is quite interesting to hear SeaWorld Entertainment put words like "merger and acquisition" in his job duties, less of a surprise is domestic and international development.  I would love to hear more about what they could be considering merging with, or acquiring!

"Matt has been an integral part of this Company, leading many successful initiatives over the course of his career with us. His talents and track record make him the perfect person for this position,” said Manby. “We know that Matt will continue to bring value to our Company as we look at new and exciting partnership and growth opportunities for the future.”

Mr. Rearden also held the position of Associate General Counsel for the company during his career, and previously worked at the International Speedway Corporation and NASCAR.

SeaWorld Entertainment plans to give a full look at its future long-term plans and vision on November 9th, so I must wonder if this announcement is a hint of what could come at that presentation.  We shall stay tuned!