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Carnival makes leadership appointments in UK, Australia

By Josh White

Date: Tuesday 28 Sep 2021

Carnival makes leadership appointments in UK, Australia

(Sharecast News) - Carnival announced two appointments to its leadership team on Tuesday, naming industry veterans to lead operations for Carnival UK and Carnival Australia.
The FTSE 250 cruise operator said that from 18 October Sture Myrmell, currently president of P&O Cruises Australia and of Carnival Australia, would begin his new role as president of Carnival UK, overseeing the Cunard and P&O Cruises UK brands.

Myrmell, who would be based in Southampton, would also serve temporarily as president of Cunard during the recruitment for that position.

He would report directly to Josh Weinstein, chief operations officer for Carnival, who also has responsibility for Carnival UK.

From 10 January, meanwhile, Marguerite Fitzgerald, most recently serving as the lead for Boston Consulting Group's global lodging and leisure practice as well as its global strategy business, would assume Myrmell's previous position in a dual role as president of P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Australia.

Fitzgerald, described by Carnival as a global travel and tourism veteran with "deep expertise" in all aspects of cruise operations, would be based in Sydney and report directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group.

"Sture is a two-decade-plus veteran at our company, so we look forward to him bringing his deep experience, excellent leadership skills and proven track record of success to a new leadership opportunity," said Josh Weinstein.

"He will play a crucial role in our success in the UK, and we look forward to his contributions as we deliver to our guests the best vacation experiences in the world."

With more than 20 years of experience with Carnival Corporation, Myrmell had served in multiple positions across the Princess Cruises, Cunard, Seabourn and P&O Australia brands.

In his new role with Carnival UK, Myrmell was replacing Simon Palethorpe, who would be leaving the company at the end of November after six years, for a new opportunity.

"Simon has been a true asset for the company these past years, and we wish him the best with this new opportunity," Josh Weinstein added.

"He successfully revitalised the Cunard brand and then ably stepped into the role of president of Carnival UK for the past 15 months, leading both P&O Cruises and Cunard back into guest operations this summer with the Carnival UK executive team."

Australian-born Fitzgerald, meanwhile, would bring two decades of strategy and operational experience in retail and leisure travel to her dual-role position with Carnival Australia, replacing Myrmell.

"Marguerite is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market, including direct experience working in the Australia and New Zealand region," said Jan Swartz.

"With the insight she brings from consulting with some of the world's most well-known travel and tourism companies, including several of our brands, she is uniquely qualified to make a strong contribution to Carnival Australia's continued success."

At 1137 BST, shares in Carnival were down 1.77% in London at 1,735.2p.

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