Carnival Corporation Appoints New CEO

Earlier last week, Carnival Corporation appointed Arnold W. Donald as CEO of the company. Former CEO, Micky Arison, will retain his position as Chairman of the Board of Carnival Corporation. The change in leadership will be effective on July 3rd.

ccl coCarnival’s official statement on the change in leadership reads as follows: “In his role as chairman, Arison will continue to provide board level oversight for the company and will remain the company’s largest shareholder. Donald will lead the executive team, initially focusing on achieving the company’s long-term strategic goals while working directly with the operating brand executives.  Frank will continue to serve in his current role as vice chairman and COO of the company, supporting Donald in working with the corporate level executive team.  The move has received unanimous approval from the company’s nominating and governance committee as well as the full board of directors.”

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Arnold Donald

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Micky Arison

“I have been discussing this with the board for some time now and feel the timing is right to align our company with corporate governance best practices and turn over the reins after 34 years as CEO,” said Arison.  “Arnold is an exceptional professional with extensive experience in organizational leadership who will bring a fresh perspective to the company.  I have come to value and rely on his judgment and insight during the 12 years he has served on the company’s board and I am very confident in his ability to move the organization forward.” Arison added, “As chairman, I will still be working closely with Arnold to ensure a great future for all our stakeholders.”

“I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to lead the next stage of growth for Carnival Corporation & plc,” said Donald. “As a board member, I have come to know Micky, Howard and the company well.  I have a first-hand appreciation of what it has taken to develop this highly successful business, an understanding for the dynamics and challenges we face, and a great deal of confidence in the company’s management team and their ability to execute. I have enormous respect for Micky as a visionary in our industry, and as the builder and leader of Carnival.  I have come to know many of the talented professionals who work within Carnival during my time on the board and I look forward to working with the company’s many stakeholders including our 90,000 employees, 10 million guests, thousands of travel agent partners, vendors and shareholders around the globe.”

Carnival Corporation & plc is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

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