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Starwood veteran to lead Seabourn sales, marketing

Chris Austin - 30 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Hospitality executive Chris Austin was appointed svp global sales and marketing for Seabourn, responsible for overall marketing efforts, brand management, sales and public relations.

Seabourn president Rick Meadows considers Austin 'a perfect fit' to lead global sales and marketing as the line expands its fleet.

'He is passionate about people, which is vital from a guest and trade relations standpoint. Moreover, his significant experience in the luxury travel category will help us further expand our leadership position in the ultra-luxury travel segment,' Meadows said.

Austin spent the past 30 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as vp global leisure, luxury & total market coverage sales. In addition to his executive roles there, he held a number of property-based positions in food and beverage, banqueting and catering, and sales.

Austin starts at Seabourn in January and will relocate from Miami to Seattle.

He fills a position previously held by John Delaney, who left to become president of Windstar Cruises in July.

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