He will lead travel advisor, group, charter and wholesale sales efforts, as well as develop new capabilities in revenue management. He also will be leading the company’s international sales growth, working to expand Lindblad’s reach around the globe.
'John’s appointment underscores our commitment to building a world-class team as we continue to grow our fleet and adventure travel experiences around the world,' Lindblad CEO Dolf Berle said. 'His proven leadership, industry expertise and business acumen will add immeasurably in building the sales platform globally as we execute on our growth strategy.'
Windstar, Seabourn, Holland America, Carnival Corp., Disney
Delaney brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership roles in the hospitality and cruise industries. He served as Windstar president from 2016 to 2020 with management oversight for all aspects of worldwide operations. Earlier he was SVP global marketing & sales for Seabourn, VP revenue marketing for Holland America Line and director of special projects for Carnival Corp.
Before his cruise career, Delaney held senior roles at the Walt Disney Co. and The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant Group.
Seattle Aquarium, Reach the World, university advisor
He currently serves on the board of the Seattle Aquarium and New York-based Reach the World as well as the College of Hospitality Advisory Board for California State University at Long Beach. Recently he contributed to Northern Arizona State Professor Fred DeMicco's cruise industry textbook, penning chapters on revenue management and small-ship cruising. He's also a judge for the Seatrade Cruise Awards.
Delaney expressed his enthusiasm for joining what he called 'the undisputed leader in authentic expedition travel,' adding: 'It is an exciting time for the company, and I look forward to helping them achieve their vision and growth plans.'