Based in Miami, Barker — whose background includes key roles at McDonalds Corp. and NBC News — will report to Carnival Corp.’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Peter Anderson. She starts in March.
Newly created role
In this newly created position, Barker will lead all ethics and compliance communications, including the key focus areas of health, environment, safety, security, culture and training, among others. She also will coordinate compliance-related communications across the organization, working closely with Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer, and the compliance and communications teams at the company’s nine cruise brands.
Additionally, Barker will oversee communications for Operation Oceans Alive, Carnival Corp.’s environmental stewardship program.
‘With over 150,000 dedicated employees representing nearly 150 countries, it is imperative that we effectively communicate and work together to execute our commitment to safety, environmental protection and overall compliance across our nine global cruise line brands,’ Anderson said. ‘We need to reach the hearts and minds of all stakeholders, and Heidi brings valuable experience and insights to Carnival Corporation from decades of communications and journalism work that will support our effort to build a world-class, enduring culture of compliance.’
25-plus years of experience
Barker brings more than 25 years of experience and senior leadership in corporate communications and broadcast journalism. Most recently, she served as chief communications officer at Cleveland Avenue LLC, a food and beverage venture capital and consulting firm in Chicago, where she built the startup’s communication function from inception.
Before that, Barker was VP global media relations and issues management for McDonald’s Corp., advising C-suite executives and leading a team responsible for boosting and protecting the company’s corporate reputation.
Previously, Barker served as senior director, global external communications for McDonald’s, managing global media and aligning strategic messaging.
Earlier, she spent 10 years as a producer for NBC News, including two years as a rotational senior producer for ‘NBC Nightly News.’ Barker began her career in broadcast journalism working as an anchor/reporter/producer for ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates.