David McKillips assumed the role of CEO on January 21, 2020. CEC Entertainment is the parent company of the world’s number one family entertainment venue, Chuck E. Cheese, Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings and growing regional pizza restaurant Peter Piper Pizza. Across the family of brands, there are nearly 700 restaurants around the globe.
David has nearly 30 years of experience in the family entertainment, media and theme park industries. Since joining CEC, he was named one of Dallas’ Most Admired CEOs by Dallas Business Journal for his leadership during one of the most difficult times for the Chuck E. Cheese brand. During his tenure, he managed bankruptcy, a successful financial restructuring, launched Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings, is expanding the brand internationally and created a new division for global media licensing and entertainment to take the iconic Chuck E. Cheese brand to new dimensions.
Before joining CEC, David was President of the International Development Company for Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. McKillips served in several senior leadership roles in Park Services, F&B, retail, games and procurement across all U.S. Six Flags parks.
Prior to joining Six Flags, he served as Vice President of Advertising & Custom Publishing Sales for DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment and home to some of the world’s most iconic brands. McKillips has also held multiple leadership roles within Sea World Entertainment and Sesame Place.
McKillips holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia and received post-graduate certificates in Marketing and Finance from New York University.