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Six Flags Names New Top Lawyer After ‘Strategic’ Reshuffling (1)

June 14, 2022, 2:51 PMUpdated: June 14, 2022, 4:04 PM

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

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

“We, as a company, need to reflect on the society we serve, and creating opportunities for everyone is critical to our success,” said a statement from Selim Bassoul, who took over as CEO of Six Flags in November. “Diverse work teams outperform nondiverse work teams.”

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

Williams-Ramey helped Sabre secure a $2.4 million settlement in 2020 with 27 state attorneys general over a data breach that exposed the owners behind roughly 1.3 million credit cards.

Six Flags, based in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas, has coped with its own data privacy issues in recent years. The company agreed to a $36 million settlement last year 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 that Doerre departed after the company eliminated its general counsel and chief administrative officer roles that she held.

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

The company also awarded her nearly 31,000 company shares that immediately vested upon her departure. Doerre also received three months of continued health care coverage and outplacement services, Six Flags said in its proxy.

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

(Adds detail on new top Six Flags lawyer's pay in last paragraph.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Baxter in New York at bbaxter@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com