ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. ("SeaWorld Entertainment" or the "Company") (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, announced today that the Company has appointed Deborah Thomas to its Board of Directors and the Audit Committee, effective November 11, 2013.
"We are delighted that Deborah will be joining our Board of Directors. Not only does she bring significant expertise in all aspects of corporate finance and governance, but much of her career has been spent in a leadership role for a company that shares many of our core values," said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment. "Hasbro has been enriching the lives of children and families for 90 years through some of the world's best known brands and play experiences."
Thomas currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for global branded play leader Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), and leads Hasbro's global financial operations, including accounting and control, business planning and analysis, internal audit, treasury, tax, investor relations and other key financial disciplines. She joined Hasbro in 1998. Prior to that Thomas held assurance positions at KPMG Peat Marwick in both the U.S. and United Kingdom.From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative branded play and entertainment experiences, in a variety of forms and formats, anytime and anywhere. Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for more than 170 markets around the world, and for the U.S. on Hub Network, part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications. "SeaWorld Entertainment is a dynamic organization with a proven track record of success," said Thomas. "I look forward to joining the Board and working with the entire SeaWorld team as they continue their mission to connect families and people of all ages through fun, educational and inspiring experiences."