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.