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Tony Kaufman - new role as EVP professional services and CFO for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia

Spate of promotions, appointments at Princess, HAL, Seabourn, Carnival Australia

Carnival Corp. & plc made a number of key senior executive appointments and promotions to serve multiple brands and business units globally. They are led by an expanded role for veteran Tony Kaufman and cover a variety of areas, ranging from CFO, general counsel and chief commercial officer to planning and operations, guest services and marketing

Kaufman moved up to EVP professional services and chief financial officer for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia. In his new role, Kaufman will oversee the financial planning and reporting, financial analysis, accounting and tax strategy for this group. He reports to Stein Kruse, CEO of the Holland America Group.

Previously, Kaufman served as EVP international operations for Carnival plc's Princess Cruises brand, leading the line's Asia, Australia, UK and Europe business operations.

Over 25 years at Princess Cruises, Kaufman has held roles including SVP commercial affairs, a broad role that included responsibility for on-board revenue and worldwide shore operations, as well as commercial transactions such as shipbuilding contracts, ship sales and charters. He also served as general counsel of the former P&O Princess Cruises plc and held various other jobs in legal and business affairs since joining the company in 1993.

Kaufman succeeds Tim Howie, EVP professional services and CFO, who retired earlier this year after more than a decade with the company.

Kelly Clark becomes general counsel

Kelly Clark, SVP and chief ethics officer for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia, assumed oversight of the legal department as general counsel. Clark previously served as a senior vice president overseeing fleet operations compliance and also was general counsel to Holland America Line and Seabourn, where she oversaw the development of an award-winning compliance program.

She succeeds the late Mona Ehrenreich, SVP and general counsel, who served the company for nearly 25 years.

'It's my privilege to announce the promotions of Kelly and Tony to these strategic senior roles and I'm confident their leadership, intellect and integrity will create a lasting effect for the brands, our employees and colleagues,' Kruse said. Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Princess Cruises, He added: 'These executive appointments are also the catalyst for additional promotions demonstrating the outstanding capabilities and leadership within the ranks of our company.'

Deanna Austin moves to new role

Deanna Austin, who has been with the company for 30 years, was promoted to chief commercial officer for Princess Cruises. In addition to her current accountability leading global deployment and revenue management, Austin has overall responsibility for the commercial operations for the Princess brand in 12 international offices, as well as international sales through the line's general sales agents around the world.

Austin will continue to report to Jan Swartz, group president, Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia.

Swartz called Austin 'one of the brightest minds in commercial management and deployment planning in the cruise industry,' adding that her promotion 'positions Princess to benefit from her three decades of experience and leadership globally.'

In Holland America Group shared services, Natalya Leahy was promoted to SVP and CFO for Holland America Line and Seabourn. She will report to Kaufman. Leahy most recently served as VP and CFO, based in Seattle.

Changes for Simeon Waldron and Stuart Allison

Simeon Waldron moved up to SVP and CFO for Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, reporting to Kaufman and based in Santa Clarita, California. Waldron had been VP and CFO of Princess and Carnival Australia.

Stuart Allison has been promoted to SVP Asia-Pacific planning and operations for Princess Cruises, reporting to Austin. In this new role, his accountability expands to include direct responsibility for Carnival plc's China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore business.

With the company for nearly 20 years, Allison was previously VP of Princess's Australia and New Zealand business, based in Sydney, where he will remain. He will retain revenue and operations oversight for Australia and New Zealand.

Added responsibilities for Neil Rippon

Neil Rippon was named VP domestics, Europe and exotics product management for Princess Cruises. Adding to his current responsibilities, he is now accountable for Europe and exotics revenue, and Derek Krause, director, Europe and exotics product management, will report to him. Tony Roberts, VP, UK and Europe, based in the UK, will report to Austin and partner with Rippon to achieve the brand's European revenue and sourcing plans.

Rippon, as well as Trey Hickey in international sales, will report to Austin.

New hire in guest services, marketing promotion

Lorna Warren joined Princess Cruises as VP guest services to lead the shipboard guest services and operations function, including front desk, housekeeping operations, customer service, charters and groups, and the on-board quality assurance program. Warren will also support guest operations' strategic efforts for recruitment, career progression, training, and development of the seagoing staff in close partnership with the global human resources team. She has more than 17 years of cruise industry experience.

Shelley Wise was promoted to VP integrated marketing (North America) for Princess Cruises, accountable for brand marketing, advertising, consumer insights and analytics, creative services and direct marketing. She has been with the company for 10 years and continues to report to Gordon Ho, SVP global marketing and North America sales.

 

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