Orlando, FL. – SeaWorld officials announced Monday that Mark Pauls is out and that Discovery Cove president Kyle Miller is in. Miller will serve as interim president of all three parks in Orlando until further notice.
Pauls role in the SeaWorld Parks started in 1995. He was Director of Park Operations at Water Country USA and quickly moved up the ranks to Busch Gardens Williamsburg Director of Operations. In 2002 he became Vice President of Water Country USA and in 2008 he was named Vice President of Operations at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. After nine years in that role Pauls was made Corporate Vice President and in 2018 he was given the title of Park President of SeaWorld Orlando & Aquatica.
His departure comes just a few weeks after the company quietly layed off an undisclosed number of employees. At the time of those layoffs the company released a statement:
“Like most companies, we regularly evaluate operations to ensure we are properly organized for performance and efficiency,” Suzanne Pelisson-Beasley said. “As part of those ongoing efforts, SeaWorld has eliminated a limited number of positions.”
Just eight months prior they also did a “restructuring” where they eliminated 125 positions company wide. Those cuts like the ones in 2019 came after the company announced growing revenues and attendance across their parks.
As for management at the theme park company, Paul’s abrupt removal can be added to a growing list of top leadership changes which includes former CEO Joel Manby,who left last year and Jim Dean, Paul’s predecessor in Orlando who also left last year.
This latest move is the largest under former Carnival Cruise Line executive and new CEO at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Gus Antorcha.