Mark Swanson

Chief Executive Officer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson

Chief Executive Officer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

Biography

Marc G. Swanson has served as Chief Executive Officer since May 2021. Prior to that he served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since April 2020. Prior to that, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since August 2017, except for from September 2019 to November 2019 when he served as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Swanson had served as Chief Accounting Officer from 2012 to 2017 and served as Interim Chief Financial Officer from June 2015 until September 2015 and as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from August 1, 2017 until his permanent appointment later that same month. Previously, he was Vice President Performance Management and Corporate Controller of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment from 2011 to 2012, the Corporate Controller of Busch Entertainment Corporation from 2008 to 2011 and the Vice President of Finance of Sesame Place from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Swanson holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Purdue University and a master's degree in business administration from DePaul University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC
Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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Number of Boards

16

Birthday

1971

Age

50

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General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Covetrus, Inc.

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Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Sea World LLC

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Chief Executive Officer at Orlando Science Center

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President at SeaWorld San Diego

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Former Interim Chief Executive Officer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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Former Chief Procurement Officer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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CPO at SeaWorld San Diego

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Zoological Director Emeritus at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.

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Mark Swanson
Chief Executive Officer at Seaworld Entertainment, Inc.
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. The university was founded with the gift of $150,000 from John Purdue, a Lafayette business leader and philanthropist, along with $50,000 from Tippecanoe County, and 150 acres (0.6 km²) of land from Lafayette residents in support of the project. In 1869, it was decided that the new school would be built near the city of Lafayette and established as Purdue University, in the name of the institution’s principal benefactor. The West Lafayette campus offers more than 200 majors for undergraduates, over 70 master’s and doctoral programs, and professional degrees in pharmacy and veterinary medicine. In addition, Purdue has 18 intercollegiate sports teams and more than 850 student organizations. Today, Purdue is a member of the Big Ten Conference. Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the fourth largest international student population of any university in the United States.

Master's Degree in Business Administration
Career History
Chief Executive Officer
2012 - Current

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is a holding company, which engages in the ownership and operation of theme parks. It operates through the following brands: SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, Sesame Place, and Sea Rescue. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.

Chief Financial Officer
2004 - Prior

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC owns and operates theme parks. It is the owner and operator of the Sea World and Busch Gardens theme parks and has a portfolio of 10 parks across the U.S. The company was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.

Vice President, Finance
2004 - 2008

Sesame Workshop develops educational content for television, radio, and magazines. The company produces the Emmy Award-winning children's show Sesame Street. It was founded in 1968 by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd N. Morrisett and is headquartered in New York City, NY.

Boards & Committees
Treasurer
2008 - 2011

To work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation education.

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2014

Orlando Science Center is an American private company located in Orlando, FL, that provides educational services.

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