Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure has announced that its CEO Deborah Thomas will step down from her position, just six months after four people were tragically killed when a ride malfunctioned at the theme park.
This week it was revealed that Thomas would be handing over the reins to Nine Entertainment’s former chief operating officer, Simon Kelly, and moving into the newly created role of chief customer officer.
The company claims that change in leadership was initiated by the former Woman’s Weekly editor following the “completion of a review of the Group’s global growth strategy.”
Despite being heavily criticised for her initial response to the horrific Dreamworld accident in October last year, Ardent’s chairman George Vernardos, says Thomas contributed to significant changes within the company during her two-year stint at the helm.
“Our company has experienced an unprecedented level of reorientation and change and has positioned itself strongly for solid future growth,” he said.
In February it was announced that Ardent Leisure had recorded a $49 million loss in the first half of this financial year, prompting a 21 per cent share plunge.
This article first published on New Idea.