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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Appoints James Heaney As CFO

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a portfolio company of private equity firm Blackstone Group (BX: Quote), said Friday that James Heaney, former Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance and Travel Operations for Disney Cruise Line, will join the company as Chief Financial Officer.

The bulk of Heaney's career has been spent in the travel industry, initially with Royal Caribbean Cruises and later with the Walt Disney Co. (DIS). Before leaving Disney in 2011, Heaney had risen to CFO with additional responsibility in Revenue Management, Travel Operations, and Risk Management for the company's cruise division. In that role he managed the cruise line's call center, air/sea department, terminal operations and ground transportation system.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment owns and operates 10 parks across the United States. The parks play host to more than 23 million guests each year and provide lasting memories through up-close animal encounters, world-class shows and rides, and themed attractions.

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