SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that Chris Finazzo will join the company as Chief Commercial Officer effective January 1, 2022. Finazzo will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the business including revenue and marketing. SeaWorld’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment.
“We are excited to have Chris join the leadership team,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Chris brings 17 years of consumer experience through a variety of leadership roles with major retail and food brands, consulting and financial services firms. His experience and commercial skillset will be a great asset for us as we continue to execute our business plan and growth strategies.”
“I am excited to join such a high-quality business with a portfolio of irreplaceable assets and globally recognized brands,” said Finazzo. “I look forward to working with the team to continue to execute on their proven business plan and fully realize the significant upside potential of the business. I’m also proud to be part of an organization that is committed to protecting animals and their habitats and inspiring the next generation of conservationists.”
Prior to SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Finazzo served in a variety of roles with Burger King from 2014-2021, most recently as President (2017-2021) where he oversaw marketing, operations, franchising, field operations, finance and development for nearly 10,000 restaurants across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. He also served as Head of Marketing, North America (2017), Head of Development (2016) and Co-Chairman of the Burger King McLamore Foundation. Before joining Burger King, Finazzo led customer strategy and intelligence for Macy’s and served as a project manager for retail and ecommerce for Hudson International Consulting. He has also served previously in various roles in the financial services industry.