PONANT – all change in APAC

2024-06-28T17:45:52+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Appointments|

Luxury expedition ship operator, PONANT, has announced a number of changes to its Asia/Pacific team.

For example, Deb Corbett has been appointed CEO APAC. After seven years with PONANT and 30 years in the industry, Corbett is perfectly placed to take on the key role in the Asia/Pacific region, the company explained.

Corbett will be assisted by the PONANT management team, including Maxime Farrenq, who has been appointed COO; Julie Rogers, Director of Sales and whose sales portfolio has been extended to include Japan and Hong Kong; David Marionneau who has been appointed to the new role of Director of Maritime Operations; Charles Boutet, Director of Marketing & Communications; Mick Fogg, Director of Expedition & Destination Development; and Helene Delgado, Customer Engagement Director.

In her role as PONANT’s Global Senior Strategic Advisor and Honorary Chairwoman, Sarina Bratton will continue to advise the APAC team with a focus on developing the ‘PASPALEY PEARL by PONANT’ business and start-up operations.

Corbett and her team will manage the overall PONANT Group business. She will report to Deputy CEO Global Business, Belinda Hindmarsh.

Bratton commented: “PONANT is fortunate to have such high calibre executives to manage the APAC region and it is with great delight that Deb Corbett is appointed to the CEO role. Her business experience, professionalism, and industry knowledge will ensure our growth plans are in good hands.”

The position became available following the decision by Chris Hall to leave the company at the end of this month.

He has been based at PONANT’s Marseille Headquarters since October, 2023 in his capacity as Special Advisor. He leaves the company to spend time in Europe and will return to Australia in October.

“Chris has been instrumental in the transformation of the business as we focus on our growth across multiple markets, with a priority given to technology, distribution and product development. I wish Chris all the best in his future endeavours,” Hindmarsh added.