Celestyal Cruises has appointed ex Carnival UK head, David Noyes (pictured), as non-executive chairman.
This follows a major funding from private investment firm, Searchlight Capital Partners.
As non-executive chairman, Noyes will provide leadership to the Celestyal Cruises’ board, as well as guidance and support to Celestyal Cruises’ executive team, led by CEO, Chris Theophilides.
Theophilides, said: “We are delighted that David has joined the board as chairman, and I am confident that his experience and profound knowledge of the travel and cruise industries in particular will prove invaluable as we work towards our strategic goals of growth and fleet renewal.”
Noyes added: “I am excited to join Celestyal Cruises and look forward to working closely with Chris and his team as we welcome back our guests this spring. With the backing of Searchlight Capital, this is an exciting time to be joining the Celestyal team, as we look to build upon the brand’s position as the leading cruise operator in the Eastern Mediterranean offering our uniquely authentic, award-winning service and personalised experiences to our guests from around the world.”
For the past 35 years, Noyes has worked primarily in aviation, travel management and cruise, most notably with Carnival UK, at which he held the positions of CEO and Executive Vice President Operations for both P&O Cruises and Cunard.
He is also currently non-executive chairman of Grays of Cambridge (International) and as a non-executive director at Network Rail and London Luton Airport Operations. He also sits on the corporate advisory board for Teenage Cancer Trust.