Carnival Corporation has appointed Vice Admiral William Burke of the US Navy as the industry’s first ever Chief Maritime Officer.
In this new role, Burke will oversee Carnival Corporation’s maritime operations throughout the world. According to Carnival Corporation, this new position carries the responsibility and oversight for “maritime quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refits, and research and development.”
“Bill had a distinguished career with the U.S. Navy, and we are excited about him joining our leadership team, especially in a key position new to Carnival,” said Alan Buckelew, COO. “In addition, Bill has deep experience in overseeing large maritime operations, both at sea and in shipyards, and his knowledge and expertise will be a major asset. But just as importantly, he is highly respected as a dynamic leader with a strong record of building high-performing teams.”
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald added, “We are excited that Vice Admiral Burke is joining the Carnival family. His leadership and deep experience will serve us well in managing our fleet of over 100 ships carrying more than 10 million guests a year.”
Burke served in the United States Navy for over 35 years, gaining critical knowledge and understanding in safety, engineering, strategic planning and operational readiness. In his new position at Carnival Corporation, he will report to Carnival Corporation’s Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew. Burke will will assume his newly created position effective on December 9th.