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Michael Hightower named President, Universal Creative for Universal Parks & Resorts

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Mark Woodbury moves into new role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

ORLANDO, FL - Michael Hightower, Senior Vice President, Executive Project Director for Universal Parks & Resorts, will become President of Universal Creative following the promotion of current President, Mark Woodbury to Chairman & CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts.

Hightower will step into his new role effective January 1, 2022, where he will lead the design and creation for all Universal ride experiences around the globe.

A long-time member of the Universal Creative team, Hightower has been responsible for new project development for the company’s international parks worldwide. This includes the openings of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort. His most recent work has focused on all aspects of the creative development, construction and highly anticipated grand opening of Universal Beijing Resort.

“Mike’s experience and vision bringing the Universal Brand to life makes him the perfect choice to lead Universal Creative into the future on behalf of our business,” said Mark Woodbury, Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts. “His leadership of our creative team will continue to build on our legacy of creating thrillingly immersive experiences for our guests around the world.”

Hightower joined Universal in 1995 after spending nine years in the aerospace and defense contracting industry. He has directed a wide variety of projects in Orlando, Hollywood, Japan, Spain and Singapore during his more than 25 years with the company.

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