PONANT has appointed Belinda Hindmarsh to the post of Group Deputy CEO Global Business.
She succeeded Hervé Bellaïche, Group Deputy CEO Sales, Marketing and Communications (pictured left), who is to leave the company after 10 years service.
Hindmarsh’s appointment took effect on 1st June 2023 and she is now responsible for strategy and product conception, as well as global business development, marketing and communications.
She was described as a travel expert with over 20 years of experience in the industry.
Hindmarsh (pictured centre) said: “It is an honour and privilege to join PONANT, market leaders in luxury expeditions and cruises across the globe with demonstrated commitment to investing in environmental and social protection.
“I am delighted to join Hervé Gastinel and the incredible team at PONANT at this pivotal moment in the company’s growth trajectory and am confident the team’s relentless focus on customer experience and innovation will continue to deliver unforgettable memories for our guests alongside unprecedented business growth,” she said.
Since his arrival in February, 2013, Bellaïche has played a key role in PONANT’s expansion. Over the last 10 years, the company’s turnover has increased seven-fold, positioning PONANT as a reference in the luxury and expedition sector.
He was behind the opening of new offices, several acquisitions and conclusions of major strategic partnerships.
Hervé Gastinel, PONANT CEO (pictured right), said: “I would like to thank Hervé for his professionalism, commitment and the sales results he achieved. His personal qualities, kindness, pro-active approach and involvement were essential in driving the company’s growth.
“We are delighted to welcome Belinda Hindmarsh and are convinced she will bring a great deal to our company through her knowledge of the world of travel and her vast international experience. I also want to thank Hervé who will be in charge of the handover and integration of Belinda during the month of June,” he said.