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SeaWorld Entertainment Appoints Marc Swanson as Interim CFO

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | May 27, 2015

SeaWorld Entertainment Appoints Marc Swanson as Interim CFO

SeaWorld Entertainment announced the appointment of Marc Swanson as interim chief financial officer this week.

Effective June 1, Swanson will succeed James Heaney.

Heaney recently accepted another senior position with a company in the cruise industry, but will remain with SeaWorld until June 19, giving Swanson time to settle into his new role.

Prior to the promotion, Swanson served as SeaWorld's chief accounting officer, a position he held since 2012. The company said that he will continue to perform that role while taking on new responsibilities pertaining to SeaWorld's financial operations.

In the meantime, the company announced that it has hired an executive search firm in an effort to find a permanent chief financial officer. 

"Marc has served as our chief accounting officer for several years now and has established his own role as a leader of our talented and capable team," said SeaWorld Entertainment president and CEO Joel Manby, who was appointed to his position in March and took over the reins in April. 

"He is a highly experienced finance professional who knows our company well and whose interim leadership assures continuity and stability across all of our finance functions," added Manby.

Manby went on to state that Heaney "contributed significantly in solidifying our finance capabilities and building a great finance team."

"We understand his desire to accept what he views as an extraordinary professional opportunity to return to his former industry and we wish him well," said Manby.

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