Meet the Leadership Team
Yoshikazu Maruyama, Interim Executive Chairman
Yoshikazu Maruyama serves as interim Executive Chairman of the SeaWorld Board of Directors. He has been a director of the Company since June 2017 and became Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Company in October 2017.
Mr. Maruyama, recently joined the Zhonghong Group, a leading real estate development and diversified leisure and tourism company in Asia. Prior to that, Mr. Maruyama served as Global Head of Location Based Entertainment for DreamWorks Animation SKG, where he served from August 2010 until March 2017. From June 2004 to January 2009, he served as Chief Strategy Officer and was elected to the Board of Directors of USJ Co., Ltd, owner and operator of Universal Studios Japan theme park. Mr. Maruyama held multiple positions at Universal Parks and Resorts from June 1995 to June 2004, including as Senior Vice President of International Business Development and Vice President of Strategic Planning. Mr. Maruyama took a hiatus from Universal Park & Resorts to support the startup of eToys, an online toy retailer in 1999.Mr. Maruyama also served as a Financial Analyst at J.P. Morgan & Co. from July 1992 to June 1995.
Mr. Maruyama holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research from Columbia University in New York.
John Reilly, Interim Chief Executive Officer
John T. Reilly was appointed Interim CEO in February 2018. He previously served as Chief Parks Operations Officer of the Company since April 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Reilly served as Park President of SeaWorld San Diego from 2010 until April 2016 and Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 2008 to 2010.
Mr. Reilly serves on the board of trustees of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of William & Mary.
Marc Swanson, CFO and Treasurer
Marc G. Swanson was appointed to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company in August 2017. Prior to that Mr. Swanson served as Chief Accounting Officer since 2012 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 is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Orlando Science Center.
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 CPA.
Tony Taylor, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel
G. Anthony (Tony) Taylor has been the Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since 2010 and has led the Governmental Affairs team since 2017. In addition, from 2013 until 2015, Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Corporate Affairs group, which included Industry & Governmental Affairs, Corporate Communications, Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. From 2012-2015 Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Governmental Affairs team, and from 2010-2016 Mr. Taylor led the Company’s Risk Management group.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Taylor held the position of Associate General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. from 2000 to 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was a Principal at Blumenfeld Kaplan in St. Louis from 1993 to 2000.
He holds Bachelors’ degrees in political science and speech communication from the University of Missouri and a juris doctor degree from Washington University.
Dr. Christopher Dold, Chief Zoological Officer
Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold has served as the Chief Zoological Officer of the Company since April 2016. In his role, Chris leads the Company’s team of zoological professionals and oversees all animal programs, rescue and rehabilitation, science, conservation and education. Prior to that, Dr. Dold served as Vice President, Veterinary Services from 2008 until April 2016 and Senior Veterinarian at SeaWorld Orlando from 2005 to 2008.
Prior to joining the Company, Dr. Dold was a National Academies- National Research Council Postdoctoral Clinical Fellow with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, and completed a University of California-Davis Internship in Marine Mammal Medicine and Pathology at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.
Dr. Dold is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, European Association for Aquatic Mammals, and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Dr. Dold received a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.
Walter Bogumil, Chief Strategy Officer
Walter Bogumil was named to the new position of Chief Strategy Officer in June, 2018, bringing extensive experience setting strategic plans with a strong track record of driving operating improvements.
Before joining SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. he held leadership roles in the theme park and resort industries including Interim Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Gaming (Las Vegas, NV) and was Affinity’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer prior to that. He also served as Vice President, Financial Analysis, at Penn National Gaming from April 2002 to March 2015.
Mr. Bogumil holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Rollins College.
Kathleen Liever, Senior Vice President Human Resources
Kathleen Liever was appointed to Senior Vice President of Human Resources in November 2018. Mrs. Liever served as Interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources from June 2018 through November 2018, before being appointed to the role permanently. Prior to that, Mrs. Liever held the position of Associate General Counsel in the Company’s legal department since joining the company in 2014.
Mrs. Liever holds a J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School, as well as B.A. and M.A. degrees from La Salle University.
Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy, Chief Accounting Officer
Elizabeth Castro Gulacsy was appointed to Chief Accounting Officer of the company in August 2017. Mrs. Gulacsy most recently served as Corporate Vice President, Financial Reporting, a position she was promoted to in 2016 after serving as Director, Financial Reporting, from 2013 to 2016.
Prior to joining SeaWorld, Ms. Gulacsy served from 2011 to 2013 as Chief Accounting Officer and Corporate Controller for Cross Country Healthcare, Inc., where she also served as Director of Corporate Accounting from 2006 to 2011, and Assistant Controller from 2002 to 2006. Prior to that time, Mrs. Gulacsy was an Audit Manager for Ernst & Young LLP.
Mrs. Gulacsy holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also currently serves as a board member of the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.