From time to time, management changes are made at amusement parks. While many park presidents remain at a park for a while, there is never a guarantee that they will ultimate retire at any one park. Of course, this is no different than any other business in the United States. Still, it is worth noting when changes arise. Earlier this year, Six Flags announced that its Chairman and CEO was moving into the executive chairman role while the amusement park company would promote John Duffey to the new position of President and CEO. Spreading the duties between the two positions appears to provide a strategic advantage moving forward and as Six Flags continues to look to grow, both domestically and internationally. Now, it appears that some of the park president positions have been shuffled.
Six Flags Great Adventure Gets New Leader
According to reports, longstanding park president, John Fitzgerald, has stepped down from his role due to personal reasons. Filling his shoes is Neil Thurman. Neal has been the park president at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for about two years now and played a vital role with the continued growth and success of the San Antonio-based amusement park and its surrounding community. Six Flags Great Adventure has been growing for years, adding numerous amazing attractions in recent history. The demand is high at the park, but, under Neal’s direction, the park should be in great hands.
New Park President at Fiesta Texas
With Neal moving east to fill the role at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, Jeffrey Siebert takes over as park president of Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Siebert is a veteran in the amusement park industry with over 20 years of experience. Commenting to the media after the announcement was made, Siebert noted, “I have loved theme parks for my entire life. I am probably one of the few people you will find who actually has a theme park degree!” Siebert has the knowledge and experience to be a great park president, especially for a growing park that will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year!
Congratulations and best of luck to both gentlemen! We look forward to seeing you in the midways at your respective new parks.