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.
Under his leadership, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has grown to a fleet of 26 ships and has achieved significant milestones including the first sailings to Cuba in over 50 years by an established North American cruise brand; the successful introduction of five new vessels to the company's fleet, including Seven Seas Explorer, the most luxurious ship ever built, and Norwegian Bliss, the most successful newbuild in the company's history; and the introduction of the company's latest island destination, Harvest Caye in Belize, all whilst delivering double-digit annual revenue and adjusted EPS growth. The company also has firm orders for eight additional cruise ships to be delivered from 2019 through 2027.
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. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren and live in Coral Gables, Florida.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line
Andy Stuart is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Norwegian Cruise Line, appointed to this position in March 2015. A 27-year company veteran, Stuart has been instrumental in building the Norwegian brand and strengthening relationships with travel partners. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that Norwegian excels in every facet and that the company continues to produce industry leading financial results, whilst bringing new ideas and ways of doing business that improve guest satisfaction and team member involvement.
He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Passenger Services where his primary objective focused on ensuring Norwegian continued to enhance and strengthen its relationships with travel partners as its primary distribution system. He had recently announced a 40 percent increase in the overall sales team for Norwegian to promote the long-term success of its valued travel partners. He introduced Partners First in 2011, the company's corporate philosophy of always putting its travel partners first in three key areas: investment in long-term travel partner success; a complete focus on being easy to do business with; and a commitment to travel partners on direct business.
He also served as Chief Product Officer, responsible for delivery of the Freestyle Cruising product across the Norwegian fleet, ensuring that it provided exceptional value and quality for guests and was consistent with the marketing and brand positioning of the company.
Stuart joined Norwegian in 1988 and served as the company's Sales and Marketing Director in the United Kingdom until December 1996. He was named Vice president of sales planning and relocated to the company's Miami headquarters in January 1997. He was promoted to senior vice president of passenger services in 1998, and in 1999, named senior vice president of Norwegian sales. In 2000, he was promoted to senior vice president of marketing and sales. In 2003, Stuart was named executive vice president of marketing, sales and passenger services.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Stuart has a bachelor's of science degree from Bournemouth University. He has served as Chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association. He is an active participant on social media and can be found @nclandy on Twitter.
Executive Vice President, International Business Development, Norwegian Cruise Line
Harry Sommer is the Executive Vice President, International Business Development for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Ltd. Sommer was appointed to this position in June 2015. In this role, Sommer is responsible for all sales, marketing, public relations and office operations for all 3 brands of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for all markets outside the United States and Canada.
Sommer joined the company in 2000 and then rejoined in 2009, and has served in a number of executive positions within the company. In early 2015, Sommer served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. During 2013 and 2014, Sommer was the Chief Marketing Officer for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. Prior to this, Sommer's positions included Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Information Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, and Vice President Revenue Management and Relationship Marketing.
Between 2002 and 2008, Sommer was the co-founder and President of Luxury Cruise Centre, a high-end travel agency specialising in selling premium and luxury cruise product. Prior to 2000, Sommer worked 8 years at Renaissance Cruises in various marketing and finance roles.
Sommer holds an MBA from Pace University and a BBA from Baruch College.
Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President
Meg Lee is Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President for Norwegian Cruise Line. She was appointed to the position in March 2015. In this role, Lee is responsible for Norwegian brand strategy and B2B and B2C marketing in North America.
Lee joined Norwegian in 2007 and prior to her current role held the positions of Vice President, Business Integration; Vice President, Creative Services and Product Marketing; and three progressive Director roles overseeing Brand & Advertising, Relationship Marketing, & Strategic Alliances. Prior to joining Norwegian, Lee served as a Product Director for Johnson & Johnson, spent time in Global Marketing for Eli Lilly Corporation and worked on Latin American Programmes for the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.
Lee holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a BA from University of California, Los Angeles.
Senior Vice President, Sales, Norwegian Cruise Line
Camille Olivere joined Norwegian Cruise Line in March 2009. As Senior Vice President Sales, Olivere is responsible for leading the company's North America travel agency sales channel.
Prior to joining Norwegian, Olivere held a number of senior sales positions at Travelport, a leading provider of business services to travel and travel-related businesses worldwide. Most recently, she served as World Travel Holdings Senior Vice President, Partner Brands and prior to that, she held the role of Senior Vice President Sales for ClubMed. Olivere sits on the ASTA marketing committee and the CLIA trade relations board and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan.
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