They are, in alphabetical order:
Barbara Buczek, director of corporate development and operational businesses, Port of Dover
Andrew L. Carricarte, president, CEO, Tritan Software Corp.
Shiky Chen, director, market planning, Princess Cruises
Isabelle Côté, manager - guest experience, Destinations North America
Amaury De Williencourt, country manager France and Monaco, Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services
Michael DeMeo, VP cruise, New York City Economic Development Corp.
Marco Fantasia, senior director, regulatory compliance, safety and training, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Simon Ho, VP guest experience & on-board revenue, Dream Cruises
Rebekah Keeler, commercial manager, Associated British Ports, Southampton
Tim Krug, head of department sales and design, Meyer Werft
Capt. Ben Lyons, CEO, Expedition Voyage Consultants
Lauren Miller, general counsel, Carnival Australia
Valeryi Nagornyi, CEO, Vladivostok Sea Terminal
Neil Palomba, president, Costa Cruises
Jess Peterson, director, itinerary and revenue planning, Windstar Cruises
Denise Saviss, VP, entertainment experience, Princess Cruises
Ryan Stana, founder and CEO, RWS Entertainment Group
Jianfeng Tong, director, APAC operations, Royal Caribbean
Brian Whelan, staff captain, Star Princess, Princess Cruises
Jason Worth, VP finance & accounting - Asia Pacific, Norwegian Cruise Line
Trophy and presentation by Seatrade's Mary Bond and Virgin Voyages' Craig Milan
The winners were announced during a ceremony at Seatrade Cruise Med, and those attending the event received a trophy and an invitation to the stage for a short interview with two members of the judging panel, Mary Bond, managing director of publishing, Seatrade, and Craig Milan, VP itinerary planning & destination development, Virgin Voyages.
Bond also highlighted those in the audience who made the top 40 before it was whittled down to the 20 finalists.
Global participation of young talent
In its inaugural year, Seatrade Cruise News' '20 under 40' had global participation and attracted nearly 100 entries.
'Both the volume and standard of entries this competition received have been truly outstanding; which made selecting the Top 20 winners a difficult task,' Bond said. 'Each individual who was nominated should be extremely proud of not just themselves but the future they are helping to ensure for cruising. It’s so encouraging to see so much young talent build, maintain and innovate this thriving and exciting industry.'