Carnival Australia has announced that effective 10th January, 2022, travel and tourism veteran, Marguerite Fitzgerald (pictured), will take on the dual roles of President of P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Australia.
Australian-born Fitzgerald, who most recently served as the lead for Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) global lodging and leisure practice, as well as its global strategy business, brings considerable expertise in all aspects of cruise operations to Carnival Corp.
She will be based in Sydney and report directly to Jan Swartz, Group President, Holland America Group, who also has responsibility for Carnival Australia.
Fitzgerald will replace Sture Myrmell, who on 18th October takes up the role of President of Carnival UK, the UK’s largest cruise operator, overseeing the Cunard and P&O Cruises UK brands.
Myrmell has been at Carnival Australia for 14 years, including the past five years serving as President of Carnival Australia and the home-grown cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia.
Fitzgerald has worked on developing international strategies for travel and tourism companies, including over 10 years working with cruise lines, including several Carnival Corp brands, in virtually every area of operations, from commercial to hotel to maritime.
“Marguerite is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market, including direct experience working in the Australian and New Zealand region,” Swartz explained.
“With the insight she brings from consulting with some of the world’s most well-known travel and tourism companies, including several of our brands, she is uniquely qualified to make a strong contribution to Carnival Australia’s continued success.
”With her global perspective and insight, Marguerite is joining the Australian team to continue Sture’s leadership in positioning Carnival Australia for the re-building of cruising in the region along with supporting the many small businesses and individuals who rely on cruising for their livelihoods,” she said.
Myrmell, who will be based in Southampton, UK, will also serve temporarily as President of Cunard during the recruitment drive for that position.
He will report directly to Josh Weinstein, Carnival Corp COO, who also has responsibility for Carnival UK.