Kempa gets CFO post at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Mark Kempa has been with Norwegian for more than 20 years Mark Kempa has been with Norwegian for more than 20 years

Mark Kempa, who has served as interim chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings since March, was appointed EVP and CFO.

Kempa, 46, reports directly to the Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, and is responsible for developing and executing the company’s financial strategy and overseeing all finance functions, including corporate financial planning, accounting, treasury, tax, as well as information technology, corporate strategy and investor relations.

Deep knowledge, financial experience

'After an exhaustive internal and external search process that yielded a number of extremely qualified candidates, Mark’s extensive experience, continued progression with increased responsibilities and track record of success made him the ideal choice for the role,' Del Rio said. 'His deep knowledge of the company and industry, coupled with his financial experience are just some of the reasons we are excited to have Mark assume the role of CFO and continue to drive Norwegian’s strong earnings growth and profitability.'

Instrumental in IPO and Prestige acquisition

A 20-year veteran of Norwegian, Kempa held several positions of increasing responsibility in the company's finance organization and played an instrumental role in several milestones, including its successful initial public offering in 2013 and the acquisition of Prestige Cruises International in 2014.

In addition, Kempa spent three years representing the financial interests of the company’s expansive newbuild program while positioned overseas in Germany, and held various roles in accounting and internal audit. Prior to joining Norwegian, he served as the assistant controller for International Voyager Media, a travel portfolio company.

Base salary $700,000

Kempa's base salary will be $700,000, and he's eligible for an annual bonus, equity awards and other benefits.


Posted 11 September 2018

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