Atlas Ocean expands senior management team

2023-04-28T18:48:27+00:00 April 28th, 2023|Appointments|

Atlas Ocean Voyages has expanding its shoreside management team.

The latest Atlas executives to join the yacht-style expedition cruise ship company are Cathy Kusuma, Vice President of sales operations (pictured); Gair O’Neill, Senior Director of guest relations and special services; and Jason O’Keefe, Director of corporate communications and development.

“I am always on the lookout for people who are detail-oriented, with keen problem-solving skills,” James Rodriguez, Atlas’ President and CEO, said. “We are proud to welcome Cathy, Gair, and Jason to the growing Atlas Ocean Voyages family.”

 Kusuma, who reports to Rodriguez, returns to Atlas in a new role. She first joined the company in 2020 as a regional sales Director. In the interim, she was Vice President of business development for a finance company.

Most recently, she was Director of field sales for Seabourn and Holland America Line and Senior Director of strategic partnerships for Cruise Planners before that. Previously, she hired, trained, and managed shipboard staff to support the shopping programme for 14 different cruise lines.

Kusuma began her cruise career working on ships in entertainment and shore excursion roles. In her new role, she will manage travel advisor training programmes and virtual and in-person training events and drive additional revenue streams to the company through sales account management.

O’Neill is a 28-year cruise industry veteran. His expertise is in customer service and guest relations. He joins the company after 23 years as Senior Director of guest relations and risk management for Regent Seven Seas Cruises/Oceania Cruises.

He previously held guest relations posts for Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises.

 O’Keefe brings 20-plus years of travel industry experience to Atlas. In his new role, he will lead corporate communications and the development of on board programmes, media partnerships, and strategic projects.

Most recently, he was Senior Marketing Director at American Queen Voyages, and was with Regent Seven Seas Cruises for more than 10 years, specialising in loyalty, trade marketing, and guest experience.

Previously, he was with Silversea Cruises, World Travel Holdings, and Omega World Travel in both shipboard and land-based sales roles after beginning his career as a travel advisor in the US Midwest.