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Cunard and Princess sales teams are splitting in N. America

Jamie Paiko, VP North America sales, is adding a number of positions to her Cunard team
Cunard and Princess Cruises' North America sales teams are being split after 19 years.

Cunard said this move reflects the growth of both brands, particularly Cunard’s strategy to double the size of its North American business over the coming years.

Filling new positions at Cunard

Jamie Paiko, VP North America sales, will add a West Coast business development manager, an East Coast business development manager and a director of national and strategic accounts, all new positions to be filled this fall.

In addition, the sales structure includes a sales manager, a sales specialist and four regional national and strategic account business development managers who oversee the US east, west, north and south territories.

New Partner Support team specialists

The travel advisors and sales team will also be supported by Cunard’s new Partner Support team specialists, Darlene Howell, Krissy Thao and Justin Wade, reporting to Ruth Fernandez.

'It has been gratifying to share our sales force with Princess Cruises, who powerfully supported our iconic Cunard brand over the last 19 years,' Paiko said. 'Together our teams have generated strong results by leveraging our talent and best practices. Bringing that strong foundation forward, I am so excited for Cunard to embark on this new chapter, further distinguishing ourselves in the luxury cruise space.'

Queen Anne

Matt Gleaves, VP commercial, Cunard North America and Australasia, cited the brand's growth with Queen Anne.

'Now is the time for the Cunard sales team to deepen their focus on the brand’s unique luxury proposition in the cruise industry,' he said.