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RCL appoints new chief information officer

Article-RCL appoints new chief information officer

Martha Poulter - Among other responsibilities, will help ramp up support for the Excalibur digital transformation
Martha Poulter, a veteran of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, was appointed SVP and chief information officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

She succeeds Mike Giresi, who left several months ago and is now the CIO at Aramark, a food services company.

Poulter joins RCL after spending the last 13 years as CIO for major corporations including Starwood and GE Capital. She'll report to Adam Goldstein, president and COO.

'Martha certainly has the background to make a difference at Royal Caribbean,' Goldstein said. 'She'll bring that experience to bear on a full range of challenges here, including our plans to evolve the fleet's IT infrastructure, keep pace with the rapid evolution under way in important areas like data privacy and security, and ramp up support for the Excalibur digital transformation that is under way across our company.'

Poulter most recently served as EVP and CIO for Starwood, where she led a global IT team that integrated nine brands and operational platforms. Earlier, she spent nearly two decades at General Electric, including time as CIO of GE Capital.

Poulter said she's looking forward to Royal Caribbean, a company that 'stands for excellence and innovation in the travel industry.'

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