John McGirl Joins Norwegian Cruise Line as Chief Human Resources Officer
Miami, Florida - Oct 02, 2014
Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that John McGirl has joined the company in the role of senior vice president and chief human resources officer. McGirl has responsibility for the shipboard and shoreside global human resources of Norwegian Cruise Line.
"I am extremely pleased to welcome such an accomplished human resources professional with more than 20 years of leadership with global organizations," said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief executive officer. "I am looking to John to provide leadership to both the shipboard and shoreside human resource functions at Norwegian and to continue our emphasis on creating a unique, success-oriented culture and to ensure that all of our team members, ship and shore, have the training and development needed to successfully deliver our fantastic vacation product."
Most recently, McGirl was chief human resources officer for the Naples Community Healthcare System, a large, multi-facility healthcare organization on Florida's gulf coast. Prior to joining NCH, McGirl was vice president of human resources at Royal Caribbean International and prior to that at Cunard/Seabourn. He has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from Sheffield Hallam University, UK and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Business Administration at Sheffield Business School.
McGirl's experience has included building customer/guest centric organizational cultures, aligning of human resource programs and practices with strategic business needs, designing and executing programs to support mergers, integrations and expansion, along with ensuring that team members are engaged, involved and excited.
McGirl will be working closely with George Chesney, Norwegian's current senior vice president, human resources. Chesney, who has been with Norwegian for more than 12 years, will retire in the coming months.
"George has been instrumental in helping to take our organization from Good to Great. We thank him for his many contributions," added Sheehan.
About Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 47-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Today, Norwegian invites guests to "Cruise Like a Norwegian" on one of 13 purpose-built Freestyle Cruising ships, providing guests the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, resort style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea. Recently, the line was named "Europe's Leading Cruise Line" for the sixth consecutive year, as well as "Caribbean's Leading Cruise Line" and "World's Leading Large Ship Cruise Line" by the World Travel Awards.
The Company recently took delivery of its most innovative ship to date, the 4,000-passenger Norwegian Getaway on January 10, 2014. The largest ship to homeport year-round in Miami, Norwegian Getaway boasts 28 dining options, including seafood restaurant Ocean Blue by famed New York Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a branch of Carlo's Bake Shop by Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series "Cake Boss." The entertainment lineup includes Broadway shows Legally Blonde and Burn the Floor and a unique magical theatrical experience, the Illusionarium. Norwegian Getaway's sister ship, Norwegian Breakaway, was named "Best New Ship of 2013" by the editors of Cruise Critic and "Best Rookie Cruise Ship" by the readers of Travel Weekly. Known as New York's ship, Norwegian Breakaway is the largest vessel to
homeport year-round in the city. The Company has two 4,200-passenger vessels on order at Meyer Werft: Norwegian Escape with delivery scheduled in October 2015; and Norwegian Bliss with delivery in February 2017.
Norwegian Cruise Line is the official cruise line of the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium, The New York Knicks, Blue Man Group and Legends in Concert; and the official cruise line partner of The GRAMMY Awards and is an official partner of the Rockettes and Radio City Music Hall.