Hurtigruten taps new Americas president from Amazon Go

John Downey will be responsible for Hurtigruten's commercial growth strategy in the Americas John Downey will be responsible for Hurtigruten's commercial growth strategy in the Americas

Hurtigruten named former Amazon executive John Downey as president for the Americas, based in its Seattle regional headquarters. A seasoned global executive with a consumer products-focused expertise, Downey will be responsible for the company's commercial growth strategy in collaboration with Hurtigruten's senior leadership team.

Succeeds William Harber

William Harber previously held the role, since late 2017.

Downey’s appointment comes as Hurtigruten introduces its first hybrid powered ship, and introduces other environmental advances such as fueling its vessels with fish waste products, and banning all unnecessary single-use plastic.

'As we continue focused efforts to expand in the Americas and work to revolutionize the global adventure travel industry, recruiting top-tier talent is a crucial element to our success. Hurtigruten welcomes John Downey and his extensive, senior-level experience with innovative products and brands,' Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said.

Background at Amazon, Motorola

Most recently Downey worked at Amazon, where he served as GM and category leader for Amazon Go, the world’s most advanced shopping technology, and led the team that introduced the innovative Amazon Meal Kits product line. Prior, Downey was a part of Motorola’s Mobile Devices division where he had global leadership responsibility for the Bluetooth wireless headset portfolio of over 20 product lines.

Responsible for US, Canada, South America

Downey is charged with driving sales and profitability across the US, Canada and South America and will work to broaden and deepen key travel agent relationships and open new channels for growth. He is also tasked with increasing brand awareness and market share by ensuring effective brand positioning, marketing, and communication strategies to elevate Hurtigruten across all key consumer-facing spectrums.

Posted 08 April 2019

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Anne Kalosh

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