Universal Parks CEO announces retirement

Universal Parks CEO announces retirement

Orlando, Florida. Universal Parks and Resorts has announced leadership changes coming in 2022.

The company said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, will retire on March 16, 2022.

Williams moved to Central Florida in 1988 and was appointed president of Universal Orlando in 1990. While in a leadership position at the theme park, Williams helped transform Orlando into a destination with multiple theme parks, hotels, and an entertainment complex.

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He then moved on to the position of Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts in 1999. He has led the development of groundbreaking theme park games and immersive lands, such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Super Nintendo World.

Since then, he has continued to help Universal Parks and Resorts open theme parks in Osaka, Singapore, and most recently in Beijing.

“Tom’s trip was a parks trip itself,” said Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, the parent company of NBCUniversal and Universal Parks & Resorts. “His vision and leadership have made parks a vital and vital business and have helped define modern park entertainment for us and the entire industry.”

Mark Woodbury is Chairman and CEO.

Universal officials said Woodbury has been with the company for more than 30 years as vice chairman of the board and president of Universal Creative.

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Watch the video below of Mark Woodbury talking about Super Nintendo World.

During his tenure, he was responsible for all planning and design strategies for Universal Parks & Resorts worldwide.

“Mark has a unique and fundamental vision in everything that makes Universal Parks & Resorts successful,” said Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal. “In addition to his ability to create incredibly innovative guest experiences, he has tremendous experience in strategy, finance, overseeing the global Parks brand and much more. He has also been a key part of planning for the future of Universal Parks & Resorts. All of this makes him ideal for this role.”

Mark Woodbury will take up his new position effective January 1, 2022.

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