The company's interim CEO, David F. D'Alessandro (who will continue to serve as the company's Chairman), announced the hire in a release on Thursday:
"The Board of Directors has completed an extensive search process and we are extremely pleased to welcome Joel Manby to SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS). Joel has nearly 20 years' experience and a proven track record with business models very similar to ours - multiple brands and multiple properties in the entertainment and theme park industries."
Like his predecessors, Manby, who earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, does not have a degree or experience in zoology or animal behavior, making it difficult to believe that he will do what's best for the animals in SeaWorld's care.
In 2010, Manby was featured on an episode of the CBS reality show "Undercover Boss." Critics reviewing the episode generally said that he, unlike other contestants on the show, came off as generally likable, learning about the lowest-ranking members of his company. Here's hoping Manby takes the same ideas to SeaWorld, and realizes what's best for that company's lowest-ranking members: its animals.