Last updated: 04:11 PM ET, Tue August 18 2015

SeaWorld Appoints New Chief Financial and Creative Officers

People | Donald Wood | August 18, 2015

SeaWorld Appoints New Chief Financial and Creative Officers

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has undergone major changes in recent years, and the evolution continues as the company announced Monday two new executives have been hired.

In a statement from SeaWorld, the company’s Board of Directors appointed Peter J. Crage as chief financial officer, effective Sept. 1, and Anthony Esparza as chief creative officer, effective Sept. 8.

Crage has more than 30 years of experience in the field, and most recently served as chief financial officer for Extended Stay America, Inc. Prior to that, he was the chief financial officer of HVM LLC. The 53-year-old executive also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cedar Fair, L.P.

Esparza, 54, previously served as senior vice president, guest experiences, design and development for Herschend Enterprises, and has several years of experience in related industries.

SeaWorld president and CEO Joel Manby released a statement about the recent hirings:

“Peter and Anthony are strong and important additions to our leadership team as we continue to drive improvement in the Company's performance, competitive position and shareholder value. Each of these seasoned executives brings a proven track record of success and broad experience that will contribute to our ability to execute our plan and advance our progress. Peter is a deeply talented executive with significant finance expertise and experience with public companies and in the entertainment and theme park industry. Anthony has an outstanding reputation in our industry and beyond and he brings us exceptional creative vision that will help our team fulfill the Company's goals.”

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