Change of CEO at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

2024-06-28T17:43:14+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Appointments|

Julian Pfitzner, CEO of TUI Cruises’ brand, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, is to leave the company at his own request.

He will hand over the helm of the five luxury and expedition ships to Isolde Susset (pictured right), who has shaped the expedition segment at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for more than two decades.

Pfitzner took over the operational management of the provider of luxury and expedition cruises in German-speaking countries in December, 2020.

Previously, he was responsible for strategic and product marketing at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Club and product management for the ‘Europa 2’ for over 10 years.

“We would like to thank Julian Pfitzner for his great commitment and wish him all the best for his future endeavours,” said Wybcke Meier, CEO TUI Cruises.

“At the same time, we look forward to working more closely with Isolde Susset and wish her every success in her new position as Managing Director Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

“With the creation of new positions in product management and the re-organisation in the areas of customer service, sales and marketing, we believe that Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is ideally positioned for the future,” Meier said.

In the coming weeks, Pfitzner will hand over the helm to Susset, whose professional career is closely linked to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

She has shaped the brand’s expedition segment for over 20 years and is now gradually taking over responsibility for the two luxury ships ‘Europa’ and ‘Europa 2’.

Susset began her career at sea and worked for several years in various positions on board.

She has been part of the product management team in Hamburg since 1997 and also took over as Head of Tourism in 2013.

Further milestones in her career were the launch of the new expedition ships ‘HANSEATIC nature’, ‘HANSEATIC inspiration’ and ‘HANSEATIC spirit’, which she accompanied from the initial idea to the conception and christening.