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Australian Gavin Smirh has spent the last four years in the UK as SVP of International, driving growth in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East

RCL’s Smith back to his home market as Bonner returns to Miami

Gavin Smith is returning to Sydney as MD Australia and New Zealand for Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara brands.

An 11-year veteran of Royal Caribbean International, Smith has spent the last four years in the UK as SVP international, driving growth in the key markets of Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.

Bonner to lead strategic Celebrity project

His return to Australia follows Susan Bonner’s return to Miami to lead a new strategic project for Celebrity Cruises after holding Smith’s position since June 2018.

Praise for both

‘No one is more passionate about the Australia and New Zealand markets than Gavin and we are excited to welcome him back to his home market after a successful term leading our international team,’ Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley said.

‘I want to thank Susan for her contribution to the Australian and New Zealand regions and we look forward to welcoming her back to our Miami campus,’ Bayley said.

Plans for the international role?

A spokesperson said the company wasn't ready to elaborate on plans for Smith's former international position or on Bonner's new assignment.