Carnival appoints new non cruise top brass

Carnival UK and US have made more new appointments.

Carnival UK has appointed three new directors from outside the cruise sector, with P&O and Cunard appointing Jeremy Tait as insight director for both operations, with Tait currently director of proposition development and insight for insurance firm Direct Line and he will start with Carnival on July 1.

Chris Edgington, previously commercial director of Coral for the Gala Coral Group, a leader in what is described as integrated betting and gaming in Europe has been appointed to P&O Cruises as marketing director.

Over at Cunard, Angus Struthers, currently senior director global communications for TripAdvisor, will take up the same role for Cunard, with both due to start at the end of August.

Carnival UK chief commercial officer Gerard Tempest said, “These three key senior appointments will help us to evolve and strengthen our brands and customer experiences still further.”

“Their proven blue chip backgrounds within marketing and communications will bring new focus, creativity and insight to our leadership team.”

Over in the US, former American Airlines executive Roger Frizzell a has been appointed Carnival’s senior vice president corporate communications, joining Carnival on June 24, with the position newly created, reporting to chairman and CEO Micky Arison and vice chairman and COO Howard Frank.

Frizell will also become CCO and oversee the PR for the company's ten cruise lines, including Carnival, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, and Aida, with the appointment considered to be in light of Carnivals recent troubles and the PR handling of them.

Meanwhile in Asia Paul Chong is joining Carnival Asia as its new Vice President, Business Development to assist in implementing the company’s growth strategies within the rapidly expanding Asia region, coming from luxury hotel and resort group, Banyan Tree Holdings Limited, where he was responsible for the group’s global business development efforts and also served as the group’s General Counsel and as head of business development he was instrumental in expanding the Banyan Tree and Angsana brands into key markets, including the Americas, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe and China.

He will report to Pier Luigi Foschi, Chairman & CEO of Carnival Asia, with Chong primarily responsible for Carnival Asia’s strategic priorities in Government Relations; Port Infrastructure & Destination Development; and Port Operations & Guest Services, including developing strategic partnerships, identifying investments and acquisitions in key markets or destinations, and expanding the reach of Carnival’s brands in Asia and developing cruise industry associations in the region.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: JAJ
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