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Busch Gardens under new leadership, Kevin Lembke named president

Kevin Lembke (Photo courtesy Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA)

Busch Gardens will soon be under new leadership.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Inc. announced Thursday Kevin Lembke will be the new president of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA starting Feb.1.

Lembke succeeds David Cromwell, who is stepping down to pursue an opportunity with a sports franchise, according to a press release.

“Kevin is an entrepreneurial leader with both park support center and park experience,” said John Reilly, chief operating officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in the release. “He has achieved a strong record of financial performance and guest satisfaction results.”

Lembke has had several roles with SeaWorld since he joined the company in 2000.  He has held leadership roles including vice president of merchandise for Busch Gardens Williamsburg from 2013 to 2016, and most recently, vice president of culinary operations for Busch Gardens Tampa.

Lembke is expected to relocate to Virginia in the coming weeks with his family.

Cromwell’s departure comes less than 2 years after being named president. That announcement was made in March of 2016. Cromwell started his SeaWorld career in 1997, serving in various operational roles before landing in Williamsburg.

“David has had an impeccable career with our company. His leadership has helped guide the Williamsburg theme parks into premier local and tourist destinations,” Reilly said. “We wish David all the best and thank him for his many years of service and accomplishments with the company.”

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