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Frank J. Del Rio

Frank J. Del Rio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of S&P 500 company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio assumed this role in January 2015. An over 25-year cruise industry veteran, Del Rio has successfully led Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings in delivering industry leading financial results while providing an unparalleled guest experience. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its fleet with the newest and most innovative ships at sea, introduced the company’s latest island destination, Harvest Caye in Belize, and significantly strengthened its global footprint.

Previously, Del Rio served as chairman and chief executive officer of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new "upper premium" market space in the cruise industry. Under his leadership the line has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with six ships totaling 5,300 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera. In 2008, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired Regent Seven Seas Cruises and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader in luxury cruising and in turn positioned Prestige Cruise Holdings as the premier operator of upscale cruise brands.

Del Rio, who was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1961 at age six, earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Harry Sommer

Harry Sommer

President & Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line

Harry Sommer is President and Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel which has been breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising for more than 50 years. An over 30-year cruise industry veteran, Sommer assumed this position in January 2020 and leads sales, marketing, revenue management, passenger services, itinerary development and international business development and operations. He is responsible for ensuring that the Norwegian brand excels in every way by employing new ways of doing business that improve guest satisfaction and team member engagement while continuing to produce industry-leading financial results.

Previously, Sommer served as President, International for the company’s portfolio of award-winning brands including Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent seven Seas Cruises. In this role he was responsible for sales, marketing, public relations, business development and office operations for all markets outside of the United States and Canada. Under his leadership the company expanded its global footprint with the opening of several offices around the world and significantly strengthened its international presence.

During his more than 30-year tenure in the industry, Sommer held a variety of executive roles at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., Prestige Cruise Holdings, Renaissance Cruises and Viking River Cruises including Executive Vice President, International Business Development; Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer; Senior Vice President Finance; Chief Information Officer and Chief Accounting Officer. He also co-founded Luxury Cruise Center, a high-end travel agency specializing in premium and luxury cruise experiences. Sommer holds an MBA from Pace University and a BBA from Baruch College, both in New York City.

Katina Athanasiou

Katina Athanasiou

Chief Sales Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line

A cruise industry veteran for over 20 years, Katina Athanasiou is Chief Sales Officer at Norwegian Cruise Line. In this role, she is responsible for driving the cruise line’s sales strategy by maximizing opportunities across all third-party booking channels and deepening travel partner relationships.

Athanasiou has served in a variety of senior roles within the organization including senior vice president of charters, meetings, incentives and events (MICE market), overseeing the sales efforts for all full-ship charters and corporate and incentive groups across Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands. She led the MICE sales effort for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Athanasiou has spent her career developing and implementing successful business strategies, helping her exceed sales goals across every measure.

Reporting to President and Chief Executive Officer Harry Sommer, in this role, Athanasiou will reaffirm the cruise line’s commitment to its Partner’s First philosophy, which puts travel partners at the center of business decisions. Partners First celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2021.

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