Cunard promotes Steve Smotrys to VP sales, North America

Steve Smotrys has been instrumental in the evolution of the dedicated Cunard national accounts team

Cunard North America director of sales Steve Smotrys moved up to VP sales.

He’ll work closely with John Chernesky, SVP North America sales & trade marketing for Princess Cruises and Cunard North America, and the regional sales directors to provide leadership and guidance to the field sales team.

Smotrys will also work closely with Jamie Paiko, senior director, marketing and customer service, and the marketing team on the trade marketing strategy and effectiveness in the region.

Reports to Josh Liebowitz and John Chernesky

He will report to Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America, and chief strategy officer for Carnival Corp., and to Chernesky for field sales coordination and leadership.

‘Steve has been instrumental in the evolution of the dedicated Cunard national accounts team as a director of sales,’ Leibowitz said in congratulating him on this expanded role.

Smotrys joined Princess in 2000 as a yield management analyst and went on to lead teams in revenue planning and shore excursions, working closely with marketing and sales. He became sales planning manager for Cunard in 2013 and a liaison between the shared Princess and Cunard sales team and the Cunard revenue planning/marketing team.


Posted 2 August 2019

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