SeaWorld Entertainment appoints Yoshikazu Maruyama as chairman
Mr. Maruyama, a SeaWorld director since June 2017, is President of Zhonghong Group's American operation and represents the perspective of a significant, long-term shareholder.
Mr. Maruyama brings over 20 years of global theme park and family entertainment industry experience and helped to lead the early turnaround of Universal Studios Japan, which was recently acquired by Comcast NBCUniversal.
Mr. Maruyama recently joined the Zhonghong Group, a real estate development and diversified leisure and tourism company in Asia.
Prior to that, he was 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.
He took a hiatus from Universal Park & Resorts to support the startup of eToys, an online toy retailer in 1999.
He 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. ■
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