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Six Flags names new top lawyer after ‘strategic’ reshuffle (1)

Six Flags Entertainment Corp. hired Aimee Williams-Ramey to be its new chief legal officer, six months after parting ways with its former chief legal officer.

The amusement park operator announced several leadership appointments Monday night that it says demonstrate the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Among those additions was Williams-Ramey, who most recently served as general counsel for travel technology company Saber Corp.

“As a company, we need to think about the society we serve, and creating opportunity for everyone is critical to our success,” said Selim Bassoul, who took over as director of Six Flags in November. “Diverse work teams perform better than non-diverse work teams.”

Williams-Ramey succeeds former Six Flags general counsel Laura Doerre, who was hired by the company in early 2020 to replace its retired longtime chief legal officer, former Kirkland & Ellis partner Lance Balk. Doerre left Six Flags in December as the company announced it was evaluating its legal group as part of a “strategic reorganization.”

Williams-Ramey helped Saber secure a $2.4 million settlement in 2020 with 27 state attorneys general on a data breach which exposed the owners behind approximately 1.3 million credit cards.

Six Flags, based in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas, has faced its own data privacy issues in recent years. Last year, the company agreed to a $36 million settlement over the use of fingerprint scanners at a flagship theme park near Chicago.

Six Flags disclosed in a proxy statement filed in March that Doerre received nearly $3.2 million in total compensation last year, including $1.5 million in cash. The company said Doerre left after the company cut her general counsel and chief administrative officer roles that she held.

Six Flags agreed to pay Doerre $877,500 for his full 2021 bonus, with more than $1.2 million representing base salary and one-year target bonus.

The company also awarded him almost 31,000 shares of the company which immediately vested upon his departure. Doerre also received three months of continued health care coverage and outplacement services, Six Flags said in its power of attorney.

Six Flags disclosed in a securities filing on Tuesday that Williams-Ramey would receive an annual base salary of $350,000 and more than $1 million in performance and restricted stock units. She was not among Saber’s five highest-paid executives in 2021, according to a proxy filing by the suburban Dallas-based company.