Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it has appointed Lars Ljoen (pictured) as its new executive vice president of marine operations.
Ljoen is currently the executive vice president and managing director of Carnival Maritime, the marine service unit of the Costa Group in Hamburg, Germany.
He will be responsible for overseeing all of Carnival Cruise Line’s marine operations, including nautical and technical operations, environmental compliance and safety. He will be succeeding Martin Landtman, Carnival’s senior vice president of marine operations, who will be retiring from Carnival in June.
“Lars has the leadership skills and experience to further drive continuous improvement and operational excellence in marine operations across our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Having run Costa Group’s maritime unit, Lars will bring vast knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to this role and we are excited to welcome him to the team.”
“There is strong collaboration among the brands at Carnival Corp and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to step into this leadership role at Carnival Cruise Line, working closely with the seasoned team of maritime professionals,” said Ljoen.
In addition, Carnival Corp has made a raft of key senior executive appointments and promotions within its brands and business units globally.
For example, Anthony (Tony) Kaufman has been promoted to executive vice president, professional services and CFO for four business units – Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia.
Kaufman succeeds Tim Howie, executive vice president professional services and CFO, who retired earlier this year after more than 10 years with the company.
Kelly Clark, senior vice president and chief ethics officer for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia, has assumed oversight of the legal department as general counsel.
Clark previously served as a senior vice president overseeing fleet operations compliance and also served previously as general counsel to Holland America Line and Seabourn, where she oversaw the development of the compliance programme.
Clark succeeds Mona Ehrenreich who retired earlier this year after nearly 25 years of service to the company.
Deanna Austin has been promoted to chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises.
In addition to her current accountability leading global deployment and revenue management, Austin has overall responsibility for the commercial operations for the Princess Cruises brand in 12 international offices, as well as international sales through Princess Cruises’ general sales agents worldwide.
Natalya Leahy has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO for Holland America Line and Seabourn. She will report to Kaufman. Leahy most recently served as vice president and CFO based in Seattle.
In addition, Simeon Waldron has been promoted to senior vice president and CFO for Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, reporting to Kaufman and based in Santa Clarita, Calif. Waldron most recently served as vice president and CFO of these business units.
Stuart Allison has been promoted to senior vice president, Asia/Pacific Planning and Operations, for the Princess Cruises brand, reporting to Austin. In this new role, his role expands to include direct responsibility for Carnival’s China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore business. He will retain revenue and operations oversight for the Australia and New Zealand business.
Neil Rippon has been promoted to vice president, domestics, Europe, and exotics product management for Princess Cruises. Adding to his current responsibilities, Rippon is now accountable for Europe and exotics revenue and Derek Krause, director, Europe and exotics product management, will report to him.
Tony Roberts, vice president, UK and Europe, based in the UK, will report to Austin and partner with Rippon on achieving the brand’s European revenue and sourcing plans. Rippon, as well as Trey Hickey in International Sales, will report to Austin.
Lorna Warren has joined Princess Cruises as vice president, guest services where she will lead the shipboard guest services and operations function—including front desk, housekeeping operations, customer service, charters and groups, and the onboard quality assurance programme.
Shelley Wise has been promoted to vice president integrated marketing (North America) for Princess Cruises accountable for brand marketing, advertising, consumer insights and analytics, creative services and direct marketing. She has been with the company for 10 years and continues to report to Gordon Ho, senior vice president, global marketing and North America sales.