Another Ernst & Young veteran joins Royal Caribbean board

Stephen Howe - nearly 36 years with EY and an expert on diversity and inclusion Stephen Howe - nearly 36 years with EY and an expert on diversity and inclusion

Stephen R. Howe Jr., retired US chairman and managing partner, Ernst & Young, was appointed to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s board of directors, effective immediately.

Expert on diversity and inclusion

RCL chairman and CEO Richard Fain welcomed Howe, noting that his 35 years of involvement in professional services, as well as his experience with diversity and inclusion, will be a valuable addition to the board.

Howe served as Ernst & Young's US chairman and managing partner and Americas area managing partner and was a member of EY's Global Executive Board from 2006 until his retirement this month. While leading EY in the US and the Americas, he was the executive sponsor for the firm's focus on diversity and inclusiveness.

Before 2006, Howe was the managing partner of the firm's Financial Services Office and led client service teams for a number of global financial institutions. He was with EY for nearly 36 years.

Howe is also a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall and the board of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

13-member board

This brings the RCL board to 13 directors. Besides Fain, the directors are John Brock, formerly with Coca-Cola; William Kimsey, another Ernst & Young veteran; Maritza Montiel, previously with Deloitte; Ann Moore, formerly with Time Inc.; Eyal Ofer of Ofer Global, Zodiac Group and Global Holdings; Thomas Pritzker of Hyatt Hotels and The Pritzker Organization; William Reilly of Aqua International Partners and a former US Environmental Protection Agency administrator; Bernt Reitan, formerly of Alcoa; aviation veteran Vagn Sørensen; Donald Thompson of venture capital firm Cleveland Avenue and formerly with McDonald's Corp.; and Arne 'Alex' Wilhelmsen of AWilhelmsen.

Posted 04 December 2018

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