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Paul Ludlow adds Carnival UK presidency and Sture Myrmell exits

Paul Ludlow, left, adds the Carnival UK presidency, while Sture Myrmell, who's had that role since late 2021, will be leaving the company
Paul Ludlow is adding the Carnival UK presidency on top of leading P&O Cruises, while Sture Myrmell is leaving Carnival Corp. & plc after a 30-year tenure.

In his new consolidated position, Ludlow will assume all commercial and operational responsibility for Carnival UK, which includes P&O Cruises and Cunard globally. New Cunard President Katie McAlister, who joins in August, will report to Ludlow.

Company veteran with far-reaching experience

'Paul is a 21-year veteran of the company with far-reaching experience across every commercial department and multiple brands in our portfolio of world-class cruise lines,' Carnival Corp. & plc President/CEO Josh Weinstein said. 'That deep expertise, coupled with Paul's proven leadership and track record of outstanding results, make him the clear choice to support our entire UK organization and to drive our return to strong profitability.'

Myrmell thanked for 'significant' contributions

Weinstein also thanked Myrmell for '30 years of dedicated service,' adding: 'From his start in our company as an officer aboard Cunard, to becoming president, P&O Cruises – Australia, to coming full circle and ultimately leading Carnival UK including the venerable Cunard brand, Sture's dedication and contributions to our company have been significant. We wish him well.'

Myrmell has served as Carnival UK president since October 2021

'Auspicious time'

For his part, Ludlow said there's 'never been a more auspicious time for our two brands. P&O Cruises continues to deliver outstanding success and is clearly at the forefront of contemporary, mainstream holidays.

'Aligned with global talent including Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as credible, authentic partnerships such as the recent BAFTA Television Awards sponsorship, the future of the brand could not be brighter.'

Ludlow added that next year will be a 'momentous one for Cunard with the arrival of our new ship and our fourth Queen, Queen Anne, which will once again shine the spotlight on this exceptional brand with its rich legacy.  I am confident that the arrival of Katie McAlister to lead the Cunard team will build on the demand for Cunard voyages in the UK and across the world.'