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Universal CEO Tom Williams Retires

We are mainly a Walt Disney World site, but we also like to keep you updated with other news about the Theme Parks in the Central Florida area. When something like this happens, it is big news, Universal Parks and Resorts Chair and CEO Tom Williams is retiring next year. The Vice Chair Mark Woodbury will be stepping up and taking his spot on January 1st, 2022.

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Williams will be retiring on March 16th after almost 22 years leading Universal Parks Division and has been with the company for 33 years. Woodbury is not new to Universal, though; he has been with the company for more than 30 years. He is currently the President of the Universal Creative Division.


 “Tom’s journey has been the journey of Parks itself,” Brian Roberts, chair and CEO of Universal’s parent company Comcast Corporation, said. “His vision and leadership has made parks a vital and vibrant business and has helped define modern theme park entertainment for us and the entire industry.”

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Dennis Speigel, founder and CEO of International Theme Park Services in Cincinnati, called Williams “the finest CEO Universal’s ever had. He’s done an amazing job with that company,” he said. “… He’s the one who landed Harry Potter and made it the success that it is and will continue to be.”


Williams helped open Universal Studios and became the Park president in 1990. He became chair of the Universal Parks and Resorts division in 1999. He saw so many expansions at the parks like Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010 in the opening of three International Universal Theme Parks worldwide.


It is safe to say that he had a very successful run with the company and has a lot to be proud of. Many Crew Members say the Parks would not be what they are today without his leadership and hard work.

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About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Tours and has ridden over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers. If Tricia is not at the parks she's out playing drums or with her dog Yoda.