CARNIVAL CORPORATION & PLC
Mr. Arison has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival Corporation since 1990. He has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival plc since 2003. He was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation (formerly known as Carnival Cruise Lines) from 1979 to 2013 and was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival plc from 2003 to 2013.
Other Public Company Boards: None
Mr. Arison’s qualifications to serve on the Boards include his decades of leadership experience with Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as in-depth knowledge of our business, our history and the cruise industry, all gained through more than 45 years of service with our companies.
Josh Weinstein is president, chief executive officer and chief climate officer of Carnival Corporation & plc and leads one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies that boasts a portfolio of nine popular cruise line brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard. The company employs a talented and diverse workforce of people from nearly 150 countries. Its fleet of more than 90 ships welcomes nearly 13 million guests each year and visits all seven continents.
Josh assumed his current position in August 2022 after playing a critical role planning the company’s response to the unprecedented pause in guest operations from the COVID-19 pandemic and then the successful restart. His tenure at Carnival includes previous roles as chief operations officer of Carnival Corporation from June 2020 – July 2022, where he was responsible for oversight of major operational functions including global maritime, global ports and destinations, global sourcing, global IT and global auditing. During this time, he also oversaw Carnival UK, the operating company for P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard. He previously managed Carnival UK directly, serving as president from July 2017 – 2020.
Josh also served as treasurer for Carnival Corporation from 2007 to 2017 following five years as an attorney in the corporate legal department. In addition to his treasury role, Josh’s responsibilities increased over his career to include oversight of the tax, risk management and finance, planning & analysis functions.
Prior to joining Carnival Corporation, he served as a corporate attorney. Josh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law. A native of New York, he and his wife have three children.
Bernstein joined the Corporate organization as vice president and treasurer in July 2003 after serving as chief financial officer of the company's Cunard and Seabourn operating unit for five years.
Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he spent seven years at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. where he held various financial posts, including assistant treasurer, assistant controller and director of corporate planning.
Bernstein received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.
Brilliant directs strategy for and drives a culture of compliance and integrity focused on complying with legal and statutory requirements, company policies and the highest ethical principles. He also leads the company’s globally integrated compliance program built upon compliance risk, innovative compliance training, robust investigations, open communications and continuous improvements. The ethics and compliance program involves the collective efforts of compliance leaders throughout the company’s operating lines, and its global workforce of shoreside and shipboard employees, and serves as a principal driver of advancing the company’s commitment to environmental performance, safety, health, security and overall compliance. Additionally, Brilliant has responsibility for administrative oversight of the internal audit and incident analysis functions for the company.
Named in May 2022 to his current role, which was expanded from Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer to Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Brilliant previously served as Chief Audit Officer for the company, leading a large global team that provides audit and business process improvement services to the Boards and senior management related to financial, operational, compliance and strategic areas.
Since joining Carnival Corporation in 1994, Brilliant has led a wide range of audit and management advisory services for the organization. His accomplishments include implementing and leading the internal audit functions at several cruise brands, designing and implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Section 404 compliance program, facilitating the company’s Enterprise Risk Management Framework and participating in multiple special projects, including strategic initiatives and due diligence activities, and overseeing implementation of the first-ever incident investigation function as part of the company’s Health, Environmental, Safety & Security (HESS) corporate governance policy, with oversight from HESS Committees of the Boards of Directors.
Prior to Carnival Corporation, he began his career with Kenneth Leventhal & Company in its Hospitality Consulting Services Group, where he was responsible for performing feasibility studies and supporting various advisory services to real estate and hospitality industry clients and financial institutions.
A native of Hornell, N.Y., Burke graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration at Marymount University. He earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. and is also a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.
Burke served on five submarines including command of USS Toledo (SSN 769). He commanded Submarine Squadron Two from July 2001 to July 2003.
His Washington D.C. assignments include tours in the Attack Submarine Division, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, Joint Chiefs of Staff directorate for Combating Terrorism, Navy Warfighting Assessments Branch, and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.
Burke’s flag assignments include Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73/Commander Navy Region Singapore; Director, Assessment Division, Director, Quadrennial Defense Review, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems.
Effective Oct. 1, 2022, Bettina Deynes became Global Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Carnival Corporation, overseeing human resource functions for the company’s nine cruise brands.
Bettina brings a background of business leadership and strategic planning to Carnival Corporation. As Global CHRO, she is ultimately responsible for attracting, retaining and rewarding talent; leading more collaborative approaches with the operating companies to optimize human resource functions and further leverage best practices; as well as enhancing the company culture and leading the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
Prior to her current role as Global CHRO, Bettina served Carnival Cruise Line as its CHRO overseeing shoreside and shipboard human resources functions. With an extensive HR background, she has provided key support to the organization during a time of unprecedented organizational challenges and brings this experience and momentum to the corporate role.
Her 20-plus-year career in management and human resources allowed her to bring a wealth of business leadership and strategic planning to her role. Bettina served as CHRO and Strategy Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), while also serving as a voting member of the United States delegation for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the development of international HR standards. Earlier in her career, she was Vice President, Human Resources for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and CHRO for the City of Alexandria, Va. In 2022, Bettina was awarded with the National’s Women’s Conference Top 100 Women in Business.
Prior to joining Carnival, Miguez worked in corporate and international maritime law for White & Case, as well as McDermott Will & Emery.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988.
Arnaldo Perez has been Company Secretary since 1995. He served as General Counsel from 1995 to March 2021, having previously served as Assistant General Counsel since 1992.
Prior to joining Carnival, Perez worked as a corporate transactional lawyer at several law firms in Miami, including Finley Kumble Wagner and Baker & McKenzie.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1982 and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia University in 1985.
Jody Venturoni joined Carnival Corporation & plc as chief communications officer in October 2022.
Venturoni serves as Carnival Corporation’s chief communications officer, handling all corporate-level communications and public relations activities for the world's largest cruise company. She has responsibility for the corporation’s internal and external communications, as well as its philanthropic arm, the Carnival Foundation. Venturoni reports to Josh Weinstein, president & CEO and chief climate officer for Carnival Corporation.
Venturoni is a veteran communicator with more than 30 years of experience as a senior executive in both agency and corporate roles, including more than two decades of experience with global cruise lines and commercial airlines. Her work spans a notable roster of Fortune 50 companies, national sports teams and leagues, high-profile CEOs, major nonprofits, and start-ups.
Prior to Carnival Corporation, Venturoni was a founding partner of LDWW, one of the nation’s largest marketing communications agencies, following executive-level roles at Hill & Knowlton and Weber Shandwick. She has worked with recognizable brands such as American Airlines, AT&T, Amazon, Big 12 Conference, Carnival Corporation, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Verizon, General Motors, and others.
She has been profiled by PRWeek as a “Top 20 Agency Manager” in the U.S., was named as Editors’ Choice “People to Watch,” was a PRNews “PR Team Leader” finalist and was recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the American Advertising Federation. Venturoni was also featured in a Harvard Business School case study on client relationship management.
Venturoni is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She serves on the Southern Methodist University Communications Studies Advisory Board, is on the Advisory Board of the North Texas Food Bank and is a member of the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Texas Women’s Foundation and is an active community volunteer, as well as a frequent commentator and speaker on trends affecting corporate brand reputations.
Eichhorn studied Business Management at the Economic Academy Hamburg. The native of Rostock has accompanied the unique growth of AIDA Cruises in various management positions of increasing responsibility for more than 15 years.
Eichhorn started his career at AIDA Cruises in 1999 with a dual studies program. In the following years, he held a wide variety of positions on board and on shore before assuming responsibility for sales and yield management of AIDA Cruises and Costa in Germany as Senior Vice President Sales, Yield Management & Flight Operation in 2013.
In May 2014, Eichhorn was appointed chairman of the committee Ship of the German Travel Organization (DRV).
Carnival Australia is part of the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, and the industry leader in the region. Three of its cruise lines – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line – are the only global cruise companies to base ships from Australia year round. Together these brands account for approximately 70% of the Australian and New Zealand cruise passenger market, delivering memorable cruise holiday experiences close to home and further abroad.
Reporting directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group, Fitzgerald will have regional responsibility for managing the shared services group that supports a number of internal and external functions across Carnival Corporation's brands in this market. She will also hold direct responsibility for the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, Australia’s home-grown cruise line.
Australian-born Fitzgerald is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market. She has two decades of strategy and operational experience, most recently serving as the lead for Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global lodging and leisure practice, as well as its global strategy business.
Fitzgerald has worked across global geographies developing international strategies for travel and tourism companies, including over 10 years working with cruise lines – including several Carnival Corporation brands – in virtually every area of operations, from commercial to hotel to maritime.
Prior to her time with BCG, Fitzgerald worked for several years in the Australian power industry.
Fitzgerald earned a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and electrical engineering from the University of Melbourne. She is a published author and was a leading contributor to BCG’s Travel Insights Portal.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
Carnival homeports its ships in North America, Europe and Australia and sails to more than 100 destinations in nearly 40 countries. Since joining Carnival, Christine has overseen the introduction of four new ships, most recently the introduction of the line’s most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, which is being followed by Carnival Celebration currently under construction in in Finland and set to debut in 2022, along with Carnival Jubilee, a third Excel class vessel set to arrive in 2023. These sister ships are leading the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise vessels in North America and feature the first roller coasters at sea.
The company has been implementing a $2 billion fleet enhancement program, where ships have been refurbished to feature new onboard dining, entertainment and recreation experiences, including the transformation and introduction of Carnival Sunrise, Sunshine, the Carnival Radiance and the transfer of an additional ship, Magica, from sister brand Costa.
In 2018, Carnival opened a state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center at its Miami headquarters that implements technology used by NASA and the U.S. Navy to monitor operations and improve real-time decision-making. Her “people first” business philosophy makes her an accessible and approachable leader as Carnival leverages its commitment to delivering safe, fun and memorable vacations to its millions of guests and growing customer base.
Christine joined the cruise industry in 2011 when she was named president and CEO of CLIA. While at CLIA, she elevated the industry’s profile before consumers, regulators, industry stakeholders and the media; led the adoption of the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights to enhance the industry’s commitment to passenger safety, comfort and care; managed the industry response to several high-profile crises; and consolidated a network of 15 cruise industry organizations into one global association.
Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company where she served six years as president and CEO. In this capacity, she worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.
Christine is the chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2021, she was appointed by the Secretary Commerce to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board where she serves on the committee on Climate Change. She is a member of the board of directors of Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in hotel management services, and Herschend Family Entertainment, the nation’s largest family-owned operator of themed attractions, including Dollywood and Branson’s Silver Dollar City. She sits on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which Carnival Cruise Line is the official celebration partner.
Christine has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry, leading initiatives that delivered research and programs to help women advance their careers. She was recently named by Women Leading Travel & Hospitality as one of its top women in travel and hospitality. Christine is also a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women's leadership. She was recognized by Moves magazine as a 2016 Power Women recipient for her work in serving as a role model for future generations of young women. She has also been honored by the Convention Industry Council and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others. Christine was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference class of 2018, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program for the Department of Defense.
Effective October 18, 2021, Sture Myrmell became president of Carnival UK, the UK’s largest cruise operator, overseeing both P&O Cruises and Cunard. In addition, Myrmell also serves as president of Cunard, overseeing Cunard’s operations and its fleet of three ships, which includes the world’s only operating ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.
Myrmell is responsible for leading all performance and operational aspects of Carnival UK. With more than 20 years of experience at Carnival Corporation, Myrmell serves as a member of the global leadership team for the company and is involved in the development of strategy, policy and operational practices across the business.
Prior to joining Carnival UK, Myrmell held the dual role of president of P&O Cruises Australia and president of Carnival Australia. From January 2016, he had direct responsibility for the P&O Cruises Australia fleet, Australia’s home-grown cruise line. His remit was expanded in December 2017 when he was appointed president of Carnival Australia with regional responsibility for managing the shared services group that supports a number of internal and external functions across Carnival Corporation’s brands in this market.
Since 2008, Myrmell has been core to transforming P&O Cruises Australia and its service delivery into a product that truly reflects modern Australia. During his career, he has also been responsible for Commercial, Guest Experience and Product Development for the cruise line’s fleet in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Fleet Personnel department and Hotel Supply Chain.
Prior to Carnival Australia, Myrmell spent 15 years with Princess Cruises in California and Cunard Line and Seabourn in Florida, covering positions in Food & Beverage, Hotel Operation, Newbuild and Product Development.
Myrmell first started his career at sea with Cunard. Myrmell was born in Norway and has an innate passion for good food and wine and the pursuit of activities and experiences in the great outdoors. His interest in these areas has also helped shape his professional life in identifying opportunities that can translate to the onboard experience for cruise guests.
Paul Ludlow was appointed President, P&O Cruises in 2018. Within his role, Ludlow is accountable for the revenue delivery and guest experience for P&O Cruises, along with the continued brand development of the UK’s market leading cruise line.
Previously Managing Director, UK & Europe for Princess Cruises, Ludlow led commercial operations in the UK and across 16 European offices, tasked with establishing and developing Princess’ largest market outside of North America. During his time in Princess, he oversaw initiatives to promote growth across these markets.
Before his time with Princess, Ludlow held a number of senior sales and commercial based positions within Carnival UK, encompassing a portfolio of brands including P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Cunard, Swan Hellenic and Ocean Village.
Michael Thamm is Group CEO, Costa Group & Carnival Asia, responsible for Costa Group, the market leader in Europe, as well as all operations for Carnival Corporation in Asia. In this role, he manages the development of the group’s leading presence in Europe and Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Korea.
With a career spanning over 30 years in the cruise and shipping industry, he is one of the foremost experts in the cruise sector.
Since 1993, he has been a key player in developing the cruise market in Germany, positioning AIDA Cruises as the market leader. As president of AIDA Cruises from 2004 to 2012, he initiated a new building program that saw the fleet increase by one vessel each year between 2007 and 2013.
In 2012, he was appointed group CEO to lead the global business of Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Carnival Maritime. In addition to this role, in January 2017 he was named group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia, further expanding his responsibility. In January 2019, he was appointed chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Europe.
Costa Group, which includes Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises, is the market leader in Europe and China with 27 ships and more than 80,000 berths. Costa Group is part of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise company.
A veteran in the cruise sector with over 20 years of industry experience, Zanetti began his career in 1999, when he joined Costa Revenue Management unit based in Genoa headquarters, which he brought to excellence over the years. In 2017 he was named President of Costa Asia, where he demonstrated great leadership capabilities, promoting important innovations in Costa’s local business. Since July 2020 he has been back in Genoa to take also the position of Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises, showing sharp decision-making skills and vision during these challenging months.
Zanetti studied maritime economy at University of Genoa and completed his executive education by attending general management programs at Insead Business School.
HOLLAND AMERICA GROUP
Jan Swartz was promoted in 2016 to the role of group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, responsible for shared services for Carnival Corporation.
Swartz was appointed president of Princess Cruises in November 2013, after more than 15 years working with the cruise line. Prior to this, she served as executive vice president overseeing the line’s sales, marketing and customer service operations, a position she held since 2009. In this role, she directed many of the line’s key departments including domestic and international sales, global marketing and public relations, commercial planning, yield management and customer service for both consumers and retail business partners (travel agents). She has been at the forefront of the industry in developing innovative educational programs, like the award-winning Princess Academy and business-building tools for travel agents like OneSourceCruises.com.
Previously, Swartz served as senior vice president of sales and customer service for both Princess and sister brand Cunard, beginning in 2004. In 2001 she was appointed vice president of strategy and business development, and worked on the P&O Princess acquisition by Carnival Corporation.
Additionally, Swartz is president of the Princess Cruises Community Foundation, a non-profit public benefit corporation that provides financial and in-kind support to charity and relief organizations. In this role, she guides the foundation’s mission that serves to touch the lives of the people in the destinations the cruise line visits, the places where employees are from and through education and perseveration of natural and historical global landmarks by responding to disaster relief and supporting global communities’ local health and welfare efforts.
Swartz holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English from the University of Virginia.
She and her husband live in the Los Angeles area with their two daughters.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Prior to joining Holland America Line, Antorcha was chief operating officer at Carnival Cruise Line, where he worked for nine years. During that time, he also held positions as executive vice president, guest services, responsible for onboard operations; and senior vice president, guest commerce.
Antorcha first came to Carnival in 2010 from Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, where he was a partner and managing director focused on clients in the travel and leisure industries. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Duke University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Appointed in October 2021 as president of one of Carnival Corporation’s most iconic cruise line brands, Padgett oversees all performance and operational functions of Princess Cruises and its global fleet of 15 ships sailing cruise guests to nearly 330 destinations around the world annually. He reports directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group.
Since July 2014, Padgett has served as chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, responsible for guest experience innovation, development, creation and operations integration, and continues to lead the corporation’s innovation unit.
Specifically for the Princess Cruises brand, Padgett has been a key player in the development and implementation of the Princess MedallionClass® experience delivering a more personalized, simplified and connected onboard experience for all guests and crew that is now available on the entire Princess fleet. This includes the creation and development of the award-winning Medallion® wearable device and the enabling OCEAN® platform that enhances and personalizes the overall cruise experience ranging from world-class dining and beverages, entertainment and spas to on-shore excursions, merchandise and hotel guest services.
Prior to becoming chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, Padgett worked for 18 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he spearheaded the invention, development and implementation of guest engagement innovations that include the MagicBand, FastPass+ and Disney’s Magical Express, among others.
Padgett earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech and holds dozens of patents and multiple innovation awards.
Josh Leibowitz became President of Seabourn in June 2020. Reporting to Jan Swartz, Group President of Holland America Group, Leibowitz’s responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the ultra-luxury brand’s operations, including revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, hotel operations, and sales and marketing.
Josh Leibowitz joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2013 as chief strategy officer and was also named senior vice president, Cunard North America in December 2016, where his additional responsibilities include leading Cunard's North America operations to further expand the brand’s presence.
As Chief Strategy Officer, he oversaw cross-brand activities to set and deliver the company's strategy including: guest insights, revenue management and science innovation, coordinated deployment planning, and strategic sourcing.
Previously he served as managing partner of the Miami office of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and as a leader in the firm’s work in big data and digital sales and marketing.