Robert K. Gault, a veteran of the Busch Entertainment and Sea World organizations, has been tapped to be president and chief operating office of Universal Studios Hollywood, a part of the MCA Recreation Services Group. The announcement was made Friday by MCAR’s recently appointed chairman Ron Bension.
Bension also named Steven W. Lew to the newly created position of senior VP and Terry Winnick to VP, special projects, both for the MCA Recreation Services Group.
In his new position, which he takes over Friday, Gault will report directly to Bension.
“I am both pleased and excited that Bob has chosen to join us at a time of unprecedented growth for Universal Studios Hollywood,” Bension said in a statement. “With the opening this June of our ‘Back to the Future’ ride, we anticipate continued attendance growth, and to have a man of Bob’s depth of experience and hands-on expertise leading us forward will go a long way to ensuring our future.”
Gault was most recently VP, operations for the Busch Entertainment Corporation and prior to that was president of the Sea World parks in California , Florida and Ohio.
Lew, whose appointment is effective immediately, will focus on a broad range of local, state and civic activities, as well as the future expansion of the Recreation Services Group.
Lew was most recently president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Hollywood. He began his career at MCA Inc. at Yosemite Park and Curry Company, where he rose to the position of executive VP.
Winnick will report directly to Bension and will focus on a combination of new business opportunities specifically related to the Recreation Division. A 21 -year MCA veteran, Winnick served as executive VP and general manager of Universal Studios Hollywood since 1991.