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Royal Caribbean cfo Liberty takes on TourTrek oversight

Jason Liberty - adds day-to-day oversight of new e-commerce venture
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. chief financial officer Jason Liberty has assumed oversight for the day-to-day business of TourTrek, the company's new e-commerce venture. Larry Pimentel, Royal Caribbean's corporate chief destination experience officer, in addition to president and ceo of Azamara Club Cruises, joins the TourTrek board and remains a guiding influence.

'The visionary ideas I have and the notions about how to create the technology are in play,' Pimentel said. He praised Liberty's brains, talent and ability, adding: 'He is amazing.'

John Weis, md of TourTrek, now reports directly to Liberty. Weis heads the venture's operations. Among other team members are Stacy Shaw (sales) and James Boink (controller).

In PImentel's estimation, 'It's a very talented group.'

Wholly owned by Royal Caribbean, TourTrek is based in the Cayman Islands.

Pimentel continues to lead destination experience for Royal Caribbean's three brands and, as earlier reported, his pair of Azamara ships will be getting extensive upgrades at the end of 2015 and in early 2016. 'I have a full plate and it's going to get fuller,' he said.

Liberty was not immediately available to comment on Thursday.

The svp transitioned to cfo duties at Royal Caribbean in the second half of 2013, taking over from Brian Rice, who retired in early 2014.

In late 2012, Liberty became svp strategy and finance, adding strategic planning, corporate planning, investor relations, deployment and treasury functions. He joined Royal Caribbean in 2005 from KPMG as vp audit and advisory services, and eventually gained responsibility for corporate and capital planning, revenue planning and systems, energy management, newbuild and risk management.