Dan Hanrahan, President & CEO of Celebrity Resigns

MIAMI, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — After 13 years of successful service with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., Daniel Hanrahan, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, announced today he will be leaving at the end of July to take an exciting new opportunity.

“While leaving Celebrity isn’t easy for me, I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish the last seven years,” said Hanrahan.  “The delivery of Celebrity Solstice in 2008 changed what was a great brand into the finest premium cruise line in the industry.  In four years, we took delivery of five new ships, ‘Solsticized’ the Millennium class, repositioned the brand around ‘Modern Luxury’, achieved record high guest ratings and won numerous awards as the best sales organization.  Not to mention, we saw our profitability improve dramatically.  To say I’m leaving Celebrity in good hands is an understatement.  From our teams here in Miami and Wichita, to our crew members on Celebrity ships around the world, this is the finest group of professionals I have ever worked with.  I know the Celebrity momentum will continue.”

“Finally, I want to thank all the people of Celebrity for their support and help to me over the past years.  I feel extremely fortunate to have had the wonderful opportunities our company provided.  I’ll always look back proudly on what we have accomplished and be thankful for all the wonderful people who have touched my life.”

“Royal Caribbean has been very fortunate to have benefited from Dan’s leadership and vision over the past 13 years,” said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  “Dan has made countless contributions to the company, such as leading the creation of the award-winning ‘Get Out There’ campaign for Royal Caribbean International, to transforming the Celebrity brand with the stunning Solstice Class fleet. I wish him nothing but the best as he moves on to the next phase of what I’m certain will continue to be a very successful career.”

“Fortunately, Dan is leaving a very strong organization, and we are lucky to have great bench strength to continue our vision.  While I am sorry to see Dan leave our family, with the strong base of the Celebrity organization and the continued support of the travel agent community, I know Celebrity’s future is in good hands,” added Fain.

UPDATE: FROM REGIS CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE

Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) (“Regis”), the global leader in the $160 billion hair care industry, announced today that Daniel Hanrahan, 54, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 6, 2012. Mr. Hanrahan will also become a member of the Regis Board of Directors on that date.

Mr. Hanrahan joins Regis from Royal Caribbean Cruises, where he was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Celebrity Cruises. Mr. Hanrahan was responsible for managing all aspects of the Celebrity Cruise brand. Mr. Hanrahan re-invigorated the customer experience and culture at Celebrity Cruises while overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s growth strategy.

“Dan is a proven, results-oriented leader who understands the value of the customer experience and will be a great asset to Regis,” said Joel Conner, Chairman of the Board. “With his operational background and extensive experience across a wide spectrum of consumer-facing brands, Dan is the ideal candidate to drive Regis’ comprehensive strategy to improve the salon experience and enhance value for our shareholders.”

“I am pleased to be joining Regis during this exciting time in its history, and plan to continue leveraging our deep expertise to further our strategic goal of enhancing the overall salon experience in order to drive customer retention and same-store sales while continuing to focus on improving profitability,” said Mr. Hanrahan. “Regis has a market leading position in the hair care industry and the opportunity to provide our customers with an outstanding experience. I look forward to working with the Board, management team, and Regis’ highly talented employees to improve our business for the benefit of our customers, to provide growth opportunities for our employees and to significantly enhance value for our shareholders.”

Mr. Hanrahan most recently led Celebrity Cruises, where he acted as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Hanrahan distinguished himself by his strong focus on the customer experience and completing the strategic repositioning of Celebrity Cruises. From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Hanrahan was SVP, Marketing and Sales for Royal Caribbean International, where he directed the development and execution of all marketing, e-business and sales strategies regarding the vacation experience. Before that, he spent two years at Polaroid Corporation and nine years at Reebok International Ltd., where he held a variety of senior executive positions, including developing and executing Reebok’s Sports Marketing strategies. Mr. Hanrahan also spent four years at Nestle Food Corporation, where he managed the development of the marketing, sales and promotion strategy for the Northeast zone. Hanrahan was named Travel Executive of the Year for 2006 by Travel Trade magazine and the American Society of Travel Agents.

Source: Celebrity Cruises Press Release

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Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.