Judith A. McHale Named To SeaWorld Entertainment Board Of Directors
ORLANDO, Fla., March 4, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a
leading theme park and entertainment company, announced today that Judith A.
McHale has been named a member of the board of directors of SeaWorld
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McHale, who recently served in the U.S. State Department as Under Secretary of
State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, joins SeaWorld with more than
three decades' experience in public service and the private sector. She is
the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications,
parent company of the Discovery Channel.
Presently, McHale serves as the President and CEO of Cane Investments LLC, a
private investment company focused on providing early stage capital and
strategic advice and assistance to start up tech companies in the United
States and around the world.
Prior to Discovery, McHale served as General Counsel for MTV Networks,
overseeing legal affairs for MTV, Nickelodeon and VH-1. McHale is a graduate
of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and the Fordham
University School of Law.
"Judith's remarkable and diverse professional background will be a great asset
to our company," said Jim Atchison, President and CEO of SeaWorld
Entertainment. "She brings a great depth of experience to this role and, as
she proved at Discovery, shares our passion for creating enriching and
"We are delighted that a person of Judith's caliber is joining the board. She
has made significant contributions in public service as well as in the
leadership roles she has played in complex media businesses. Judith brings to
SeaWorld a rare combination of personal and professional experiences," said
DavidD'Alessandro, Chairman of the Board of SeaWorld Entertainment.
"I am thrilled to be joining the board of SeaWorld Entertainment. I look
forward to working with the entire SeaWorld team as they continue to provide
people of all ages with unique and entertaining experiences that allow them to
learn more about the amazing creatures that inhabit our planet and have a
great time doing so," McHale said.
McHale has provided leadership to a range of organizations in both the private
and public sectors. She currently serves on the boards of Ralph Lauren Corp.
and Yellow Media Group and has previously served on the boards of Potomac
Power and Electric Company, John Hancock Financial Services Company, Host
Hotels and Resorts and DigitalGlobe, Inc.
She also has served on the boards of the Africa Society of the National Summit
on Africa, Africare, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National
Democratic Institute, Vital Voices and Scenic Hudson.
About SeaWorld Entertainment -- SeaWorld Entertainment inspires millions,
through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for
the natural world. SeaWorld has been creating innovative entertainment
experiences that blend imagination with nature for more than 50 years and is
best known for its 11 U.S. theme parks, which hosted more than 24 million
guests in 2012 and include the beloved SeaWorld^®, Busch Gardens^® and Sesame
Place^® brands. The theme parks offer guests a variety of up-close
experiences, from animal encounters that invite exploration and appreciation
of the natural world, to thrilling rides and spectacular shows. SeaWorld ^
recently began expanding its popular brands into media and entertainment
platforms and consumer products.
SeaWorld is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global
leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The
company cares for one of the largest animal collections in the world and has
helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also operates, in
collaboration with others, one of the world's most respected rescue programs
for ill and injured marine animals, with the goal of rehabilitating and
returning them to the wild. Over four decades, SeaWorld animal experts have
helped more than 22,000 ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned animals.
SeaWorld Entertainment employs more than 21,000 people nationwide.
SOURCE SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
Contact: Fred Jacobs, Vice President, Communications, SeaWorld Parks &
Entertainment, +1-407-226-5210, Fred.Jacobs@SeaWorld.com
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