Carnival Corp has appointed Sandra Rowlett as vice president of the company’s newly created Incident Analysis Group (IAG).
Rowlett (pictured) reports directly to Peter Anderson, the newly appointed chief ethics and compliance officer and is based at the company’s headquarters in Miami.
In Carnival Corp’s new internal investigations group, Rowlett will oversee a team of global investigators focused on analysing select health, environment, safety and security (HESS) events within the company’s nine cruise line brands.
She is also responsible for leading efforts to deploy new global investigation procedures, develop an investigator training and certification programme, and standardise a company-wide, root-cause analysis system to aid in continuous operational improvement.
As Carnival Corp’s investigative arm that operates independent of the company’s brands, IAG is charged with investigating HESS-related events, making recommendations to enhance policies, procedures and training, recommending robust corrective and preventative action plans, and sharing lessons learned to prevent recurrence, the company explained.
In addition, the group will investigate issues that extend beyond a single event to enhance safety and environmental protection from a broader perspective, and develop training programmes that will be provided to brand investigators to standardise and improve the quality of investigations across the company’s global cruise brands.
“With over 100 ships sailing to more than 700 ports around the world, it’s imperative that we are thorough and diligent when it comes to the health, safety and security of our guests and crew, and protecting the environments and destinations where we operate, which are top priorities for all of us,” said Anderson. “Every effective ethics and compliance programme needs a robust and thorough investigative team.
“Sandy brings valuable experience and insights to Carnival Corp from decades of investigative and safety-focused work, and has assembled a world-class team of investigators who are positioned around the globe. We look forward to her group’s support in gathering facts, determining the root cause of incidents, identifying operational improvements and sharing best practices across our brands.”
“Expanding this team is another example of our company’s even stronger commitment to improve environmental compliance and excellence across the global fleet,” he added.
As part of her role, Rowlett is leading the effort to expand the group and strategically position four additional investigators worldwide to allow for quick response and action for any incidents that occur across the corporation’s global brands.
Currently, IAG team members reporting to Rowlett are based in Miami, Orlando and Hamburg, Germany, with four additional team members to be based in Southampton, UK; Sydney, Australia; Santa Clarita, Calif; and Genoa, Italy.
Rowlett joined Carnival Corp following a long career leading investigations and spearheading safety initiatives, having worked nearly three decades at the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in various positions.