Dreamworld's CEO is out as the theme park concentrates on safety and PR

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  • The CEO of Dreamworld CEO, Craig Davidson, is leaving 20 months after the accident which killed four people.
  • Ardent, the parent company, also announced the appointment of two key executives.
  • The theme park today committed to the implementation of all Coronial Inquest recommendations.

Craig Davidson, the CEO of Dreamworld CEO is leaving next month, 20 months after the fatal Thunder River Rapids Ride accident.

Nicole Noye, Ardent’s Group Chief Experience Officer, will be Acting CEO of Theme Parks while the company hires a recruitment firm to find a new chief executive. She was formerly CEO of Ardent’s Bowling & Entertainment division.

An inquest into the deaths of four people in October 2016 at the theme park incident has heard ride broke down twice earlier on the day of the fatal accident.

The theme park today committed to the implementation of all Coronial Inquest recommendations in consultation with Workplace Health & Safety Queensland and the industry.

Parent company Ardent today announced major changes to the Ardent Theme Parks leadership team.

“We will never forget the events of that tragic day of 25 October 2016. I can only again say how profoundly sorry we are to the families and all those so deeply impacted by this tragedy,” says recently appointed Ardent Chairman, Dr Gary Weiss.

“Every single member of our Ardent and Dreamworld team shares my deep sense of grief for what occurred.

“Like everyone else, I have been deeply concerned by what has emerged from the inquiry (inquest) over the past fortnight, and this is why it is important that we listen to the evidence, understand all we can and apply the lessons learned to ensure such accidents never occur at our parks.”

He announced the departure of the current CEO and the appointment of Phil Tanner as Director of Safety and former Queensland Police Inspector Mike McKay as Director for Culture, Community and External Relations.

Tanner ran a successful boutique risk and safety consulting business providing strategic risk management support to a select group of clients in construction, commercial property managers, agricultural, wholesale, retail, logistical sectors, government, law firms and senior counsel.

Before he had a successful career spanning more than 20 years with Westfield.

McKay is a retired Queensland Police Inspector, having served 40 years in the Queensland Police Service.

Since October 2016, he has been contracted by Ardent to assist in their Disaster Recovery and Community engagement following the tragic deaths.

Ardent in February posted a net loss of $15.64 million for the half year, after a $22.8 million impairment charge relating to Dreamworld.

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