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John McGirl brings more than 20 years of experience with global organizations

McGirl to succeed Chesney as Norwegian's chief HR officer

Human resources veteran John McGirl joined Norwegian Cruise Line as svp and chief HR officer, responsible for shipboard and shoreside personnel. He will succeed George Chesney, who is retiring in the coming months.

'I am extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished human resources professional with more than 20 years of leadership with global organizations,' Norwegian president and ceo Kevin Sheehan said. He added that McGirl is expected to continue the company's emphasis on creating a success-oriented culture and to ensure all team members, shipboard and shoreside, have the training and development needed to deliver 'our fantastic vacation product.'

Most recently, McGirl was chief human resources officer for the Naples Community Healthcare System, a large, multi-facility healthcare organization on Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

Earlier, he was vp human resources at Royal Caribbean International and prior to that, at Cunard/Seabourn. 

McGirl will be working closely with Chesney, Norwegian’s current svp human resources. Chesney, who has been with Norwegian for more than 12 years, will retire in the coming months.

'George has been instrumental in helping to take our organization from good to great. We thank him for his many contributions,' Sheehan said.

 

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