For the past five years, he has been with Carnival Maritime, most recently heading public health.
Wealth of knowledge and experience
'David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in maritime public health to Vikand, applying these proficiencies with a very practical and operational approach,' said Vikand's Paul Morgan, VP compliance & quality assurance. 'It is critically important when applying public health regulations and best practices to the maritime world that they are combined with a multifaceted understanding of regulatory standards and operational challenges for those on board. We are excited to have David bring his insights to Vikand.'
'At the forefront of innovation and design'
'I'm both excited and honored to be part of this company, which is so much more than a medical management and public health solutions provider,' Best said. 'Vikand is realizing its potential in the market as a leading communications and logistics organization, at the forefront of innovation and design, supporting clients by communicating effectively for improved business operations. In the context of public health, especially in today's world, there is huge opportunity for improvement in the maritime sector and beyond. Vikand is leading the way.'
During 13 years in the maritime industry, Best has worked in the container ship, bulk carrier, multipurpose vessel and cruise sectors, involved directly in multiple aspects of marine operations, insurance, HR and training, safety management and, most recently, public health.
After beginning his maritime career with Rickmers Shipmanagement in Cyprus and Germany, Best moved to Rostock in 2013 and joined AIDA Cruises in a role including health, environmental, safety and security as an OHSAS and HESS superintendent responsible for fleet compliance with all internal and external regulations.
Forged Costa Group's first centralized public health department
When Carnival Maritime — the marine service unit for Costa Crociere, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia —- was founded in 2015, Best relocated to Hamburg and, in 2017, was asked to establish and lead the Costa Group's first centralized public health department.