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Jim Reid-Anderson Named Executive Chairman of Six Flags

By on 02/18/2016

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced that its board of directors has split executive leadership roles at the company by naming Jim Reid-Anderson the company’s executive chairman and promoting John Duffey to president and CEO, both effective February 19, 2016. Mr. Duffey has also been appointed a director of the company.

Jim Reid-Anderson

Jim Reid-Anderson

“The company has strong momentum and tremendous growth opportunities over the next decade, and I am proud to have helped our team deliver record guest satisfaction, industry-leading innovation, all-time high employee satisfaction, and our sixth consecutive year of record financial performance. Strategically and operationally, we are firing on all cylinders and I am extremely excited to mentor the company’s next-generation of leaders. John Duffey has been instrumental in our past success and is a proven leader within the company, and this is an excellent time to transition responsibilities and develop others on our management team as we continue building the Six Flags brand globally.” – Jim Reid-Anderson

John Duffey

John Duffey

“I am honored and excited to become the CEO of Six Flags and work side-by-side with the best team in the industry. We are extremely well-positioned for long term growth and shareholder value creation.” – John Duffey

The company also announced that Marshall Barber has been promoted to chief financial officer. Mr. Barber has built a successful career at Six Flags over the last 20 years, serving most recently as the company’s vice president financial planning & analysis. He is extremely experienced, having previously held both corporate level and park-based roles with increasing levels of responsibility.

In addition, the company announced its senior vice president of in-park services, John Bement, has retired from Six Flags following 48 years of dedicated service. Mr. Bement has been honored by Mr. Reid-Anderson for his incredible work, and received the company’s prestigious Angus Wynne Lifetime Achievement Award, which has only been awarded to a handful of people who have devoted their lives to enhancing both Six Flags and the theme park industry.

David McKillips, formerly senior vice president of corporate alliances, was named the new senior vice president of in-park services and Brett Petit, senior vice president of marketing and sales, has assumed the responsibility of the corporate alliances sales team, consolidating all marketing and sales functions under one leader.


  1. Chris Driscoll

    10/15/2017 at 5:37 pm

    I purchased and extra dining plan for child that does not need a season pass. Was allowed to add along with my premium dining pass. And six flags great escape will NOT HONOR even though it shows on my PASS.and was paid for.
    When my first grandchild was 2 I bought her a season pass just for the premium dinner pass. that was 4 years ago. This year I called and asked if I could get a dinner pass for my grand that just turned two without a season pass for her. Was told yes and they walked me thru adding to my season pass. So I have a premium dinner for me and a basic for her. I activiated all of my kids,grandkids passes for 2018 and asked if I could upgrade the basic that was on my pass and another basic that was on my daughters. The guy said I could but to wait till the next time I came because I might have to have them put my basic back on both cards as since I was activating 2018 and still had 2017 on that night anything more than 1 might be kicked off. So today I went back and was told not only could I not upgrade but the basic dining that I had paid for on both mine and my daughters passes were not going to be honored even though I paid for the extra basics. I was not offered my money back which I don’t want . I want the dining plans I paid for over a month ago. I was told by 3 different people. I was allowed to purchase on line. You took my money and now are telling me you will not honor by a worker and her supervisor Rebecca Lanor (Park Ambassabor). How can you take my money for something and then not honor???????? I paid in good faith .

    • The Coaster Guy

      10/15/2017 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Chris, I’m really sorry to hear the troubles your having with your dining pass. However, I think you may have me confused with Six Flags. I’m just a private blogger that writes about Six Flags, but I’m in no way associated with the company. If you’re not getting satisfaction at your local park, I suggest you call the corporate office in Texas and take it up with them. Good luck! -Kurt Dahlin, aka The Coaster Guy

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