Norwegian Leadership Team Bios

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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 whilst 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.

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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 whilst 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 Centre, a high-end travel agency specialising in premium and luxury cruise experiences. Sommer holds an MBA from Pace University and a BBA from Baruch College, both in New York City.

David J. Herrera

David J. Herrera

Senior Vice President,
Strategy and Business Development

 

David Herrera is the senior vice president of strategy and business development for Norwegian Cruise Line leading key strategic and operational endeavors for the brand.

Most recently, he served as senior vice president of corporate development and strategy for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH). He also held a variety of leadership roles including president of NCLH China, during which he established local operations ahead of the launch of Norwegian Joy; senior vice president of strategy and business development for NCLH; and senior advisor to the chairman and CEO of Prestige Cruise Holdings.

Prior to joining the Organisation, Herrera was founder and managing partner of Eastside Financial Group, a private investment firm, where he invested in and advised private companies. Earlier in his career, he was vice president at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he advised high net worth families and endowments on financial matters, and he served as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Financial Institutions Group.

Herrera proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves in Florida, Texas and New York, and he now resides in Davie, Florida with his wife Patty and their three young sons.

He received a B.B.A. from Stetson University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Chad Berkshire

Chad Berkshire

Senior Vice President, Revenue Management,
Norwegian Cruise Line

 

In November 2014, Chad Berkshire assumed the role of senior vice president of revenue management, leading Norwegian Cruise Line's global cruise revenue, product pricing and yield management. During this time, he was instrumental in leading the Company's strategy of focusing on value over price with the introduction and growth of Norwegian's highly successful Free at Sea promotion.

He joined the Company in March 2008 as director of Operations Finance.

Previously, Berkshire oversaw strategic planning and analysis for Onboard Media, a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH), which provides customised integrated media to the cruise and hotel industry.

He lives in Coral Gables, Florida. with his wife and two children. Berkshire holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Miami.

Christine Da Silva

Christine Da Silva

Vice President, Communication & Events
Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Christine Da Silva is the vice president of Communication for Norwegian Cruise Line, responsible for the development and execution of the brand’s global external and internal communication strategy.

Overseeing the Communication and Events teams, she leads the development of the brand narrative; is responsible for reputation, crisis and issue management; and has been instrumental in the launch of engagement initiatives including the game-changing Giving Joy and Encore Moments campaigns as well as the debut of the Company’s latest vessels.

Da Silva has over 20 years of experience guiding brands and businesses in delivering authentic and impactful messages through integrated communication and marketing strategies that drive growth, sales and awareness.

Prior to joining Norwegian, she founded Poplar Plum, a strategic communication practise focused on helping businesses including Brinker International and THG, as well as brand visionaries - from those in the C-Suite to first-time entrepreneurs -connect and engage with stakeholders.

Da Silva has also served in leadership roles with hospitality companies including Wyndham Hotel Group, where she was Vice President of Marketing Communications, and Dream Hotel Group, where she was Vice President of Communication.

She attended Rutgers University where she earned both a B.A. in Journalism, Mass Media and Communication and a M.A. in Communication and Information Studies.

She is based in the Company’s head office in Miami, Florida

Todd Hamilton

Todd Hamilton

Senior Vice President of Sales,
Norwegian Cruise Line

 

Todd Hamilton, who joined Norwegian Cruise Line in June 2007, currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sales. In this role, he is responsible for driving the cruise line's global sales strategy by maximising opportunities across all third-party booking channels and deepening travel partner relationships. Previously, Hamilton held the roles of Vice President of International Business, and Vice President of Commercial and Business Planning for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. as well as its three brands: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. During his tenure with the Organisation, Hamilton has held a wide variety of roles in Finance, Revenue Management, Sales and Operations.

He received a B.S. from Spring Hill College and an M.B.A. from University of Miami. Originally from New Orleans, La., he now resides in Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Aileen, his son Reid and a ferocious dachshund, Banks.

Katty Byrd

Katty Byrd

Vice President, Guest Services

 

Katty Byrd is vice president of Guest Services for Norwegian Cruise Line, overseeing various service departments, including Global Trade FIT and Group Sales/Service, Resolution Desk, Guest Relations, Support Operations, Training and Development, Inbound Direct Sales, Shore Excursions and the brand's onboard incentive CruiseNext team. Byrd also played a key leadership role in the global implementation of the Company's "Follow the Sun" initiative to provide Norwegian Cruise Line guests consistent superior customer service worldwide 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Prior to her current role, she held various positions within the organisation including senior director of Onboard Sales where she oversaw the successful development of Norwegian's CruiseNext programme, increasing sales by 291 percent in only three years. Byrd also led the expansion of her Outbound Sales team, growing the departments from 12 to 300 NCL team members. Previously, she was director of Consumer Sales, managing Inbound and Outbound Remote Consumer Sales as well as Sales Training and Development. She began her time with the organisation in 2008 as a sales manager for the Outbound Sales team.

Before joining NCL, Byrd served as a Sales Coach and Team Leader at Carnival Cruise Lines where she oversaw Outbound Consumer Sales. Prior to that role, Byrd was director of sales and marketing with Global Rent-A-Car where she was responsible for Latin America sales and marketing.

Byrd obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Florida International University in 2019. Currently, she is a member of All SoFla NCLH Female Executives, NCL Women In Sales Empowerment (WISE), and a mentor within the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) mentoring programme. Originally from Cuba, Byrd now resides in Davie, Florida with her husband of 15 years, Richard.