Mr Mahinde Alexander Abeynaike is Chief Executive Officer at Bomin Linde LNG, a 50/50 JV between The Linde Group and Marquard & Bahls. The Germany based company is a leading player in providing the marine market with tailored LNG fuelling solutions. Bomin Linde LNG covers various activities along the value-chain from LNG sourcing to delivering the fuel into the customers’ vessels in different supply modes.
Mr Abeynaike has a long track record in finance in infrastructure based business. Prior to joining Bomin Linde LNG in 2012, he advised The Linde Group on several transactions in the gas sector. Mr Abeynaike started his career at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and acted as Chief Strategy Officer of a major fiber network infrastructure provider. He holds a master degree in Mathematics and Informatics from Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz.
Kyriakos ( Kerry ) Anastassiadis is the CEO of Celestyal Cruises and also a member of the Executive Committee of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Europe. Prior to joining Celestyal Cruises, Kerry distinguished himself as General Manager, CEO and President at renowned corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Polaroid and Aujan Industries. With Greek and English being his mother tongues, Mr. Anastassiadis is also fluent in French, Italian and Portuguese. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in Southern Africa, Kerry studied Commerce at the University of Witwatersrand and obtained a postgraduate title in Market Research and Advertising.
Mr Bojan Babic is the Cruise terminal director at Port of Koper since 2005. In the 2000, he joined the Port of Koper in position of Operations and logistic manager.
In this period, Bojan Babic has started and managed the cruise activities in Port of Koper with the aim to promote Koper as a new cruise destination.
He has a University degree in Transport and logistics and a Master in Management.
Involved in Medcruise organization as member of the Medcruise Board of Directors.
After having reached a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Masters degree focusing on the development of relationship marketing, I began my career in Marconi Communications as Business Analyst where I worked for three years.
In 2003 I began my experience in Costa Crociere, where I have had many roles: Business Analyst in the Business Intelligence and Data warehouse, Decision Making Support before Analyst and afterwards Manager in Revenue Management department. From 2013 I became Head of Itinerary Planning.
This is my actual role: I’m responsible for recommending the optimal fleet deployment and to design the detailed plan, to coordinate all relevant stakeholders in their participation to the process, manage itinerary changes and supervise their implementation in all Company’s systems.
Maria Cano started working at Ports of Catalonia ( Ports de la Generalitat) in 2005, playing a variety of roles, including being manager of the port of Palamós. She is now cruise manager for 3 different ports which are promoted under "Costa Brava Cruise Ports" and "Delta Ebre Port" brands. She's been elected Vicepresident from Medcruise Board of Director since 2014 and she’s been Director since 2011. Prior to her current position she worked as legal advisor at the Spanish permanent representation in the International Maritime Organization, in London.
As Senior Vice President of Technical and Regulatory Affairs for the non-profit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Bud Darr is responsible for the cruise industry’s interests in shipboard operations, safety, security, environmental stewardship, emergency response planning and exercises, medical facilities, public health matters both in the U.S. and internationally. He also coordinates and represents the industry with regard to regulatory and legislative matters.
Mr Darr left the United States Coast Guard in September 2010 after 17 years of service in a variety of roles, both military and civilian. He represented the United States as a delegate to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Assembly, Committee, Sub-Committee, and Working Group levels, and served in capacities as head of delegation, advisor, and elected Chairman.
During his notable career, Mr Darr was also an enlisted submarine nuclear propulsion supervisor in the US Navy from 1983-1989, after which he enrolled at the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he graduated with honors in the Marine Transportation program and received his Merchant Marine License as a Deck Officer.
Mr Darr is also licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a graduate with high honors of the George Washington University Law School.
Luis de Carvalho is the CEO of Bermello Ajamil & Partners Europe - architecture, planning and engineering firm specialized in cruise port and destination development.
B&A Europe is currently active in Northern Europe, Baltic, Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands, Africa and Indian Ocean. Projects include Baleares, Canarias, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Dublin, Cork, Tarragona, Huelva, Visby, Goteborg, Quebec, Colombia, MedCruise, Cruise Baltic amongst others.
Luis started his career in 1986 with Premier Cruise Lines and RCCL in Miami. He then spent 12 years with Crystal Cruises, mainly as Global Port Coordinator overseeing shore side operations worldwide and inspecting new destinations.
Other positions include National Director Cruise, TUI Spain; Director Cruise Operations Europe, Tumlare; Director Cruise Operations Scandinavia, Kuoni and CEO of Consult DC.
Elisabetta de Nardo has a University degree in Shipping & Maritime Economics and a Master in Cargo Marine Surveying (London).
After a few years working in cargo shipping, with oil tankers and dry bulk carriers (becoming Director of Operations in 2004), she joined Carnival Group in 2007, as Port Operations Manager for Costa Crociere.
After a growth in her career path (through Head of Port Operations, to Director Port Operations & Development), Elisabetta joined Silversea Cruises in June 2014.
As Port Operations Director, together with her team, she daily faces the fascinating operational challenges of the hundreds of marvellous destinations visited by Silversea luxury cruise ships, including managing all bunker supplies of the ships.
Elisabetta has recently also been appointed to lead the Destination Management and the Itinerary Planning Coordination for Silversea Classic Fleet.
Frederik Erdmann is Seatrade's German cruise correspondent since 2002. Following secondary school graduation he joined the port agency network, Sartori & Berger, on a vocational training program. After subsequent studies of Business Administration, Frederik Erdmann held various positions at Sartori & Berger until 2010. After a period of working with the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed Designated Person Safety/Security, Environment and Quality of the coastal ferry operator, Wyker Dampfschiffs-Reederei. As a maritime trade press correspondent and visiting lecturer of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Frederik Erdmann concentrates on ferry and cruise ship management, port development as well as safety and security in passenger shipping. He is also a member of the Flensburg Chamber of Commerce's Tourism Committee.
Dr Monika Griefahn (Dr. phil., graduate sociologist) was a co-founder of Greenpeace Germany in 1980, and served on the board of Greenpeace International from 1984 to 1990. In 1990, former Lower Saxony Prime Minister Gerhard Schröder appointed her Minister for the Environment in Lower Saxony until 1998. Monika Griefahn then worked in various committees as a member of the German Parliament (1998 - 2009). She founded the Institute for Media, Environment and Culture in Buchholz, Germany, at the beginning of 2012. Monika Griefahn has been Chief Sustainability Officer AIDA Cruises in Rostock since May 2012.
A proven leader with many years board experience across the airline, hotel and dotcom sectors, Leven joined Royal Caribbean in 2013 with a clear vision to build a distinct brand and attract a new audience to cruise through strategic relationships with the trade and disruptive communication to consumers.
Leven has an impressive 20 year track record of delivering sustainable profit growth through strategic alignment and new product development in the European leisure and hospitality industry.
Previously, he has held senior commercial roles with businesses such as Intercontinental Hotels Group, Thistle and Guoman Hotels, Choice Hotels Europe and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Ellen Lynch is the Senior Director of Shore Excursions for the world’s two most famous premium cruise lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, and the world’s most famous ultra-luxury cruise line, Seabourn, which are all part of Holland America Group.
Her responsibilities include management of over 8,000 unique shore excursions operated on 44 cruise ships sailing across the globe. This worldwide scope covers over 600 ports, over 135 countries and all seven continents.
Ellen leads the department’s product development and group shore excursion teams, a shore excursion focused call center, and procurement efforts.
Ellen is a 34 year cruise industry veteran. During her career, in addition to Holland America Group, she has held positions, both onboard and ashore, in the Hotel and Shore Excursion departments at Royal Caribbean International, Sitmar and Royal Cruise Line.
Javier is Itinerary Planning & Route Economic Director for Pullmantur Group. As such, he is responsible for defining and deploying the worldwide itinerary strategy, as well as building the commercial strategy and delivering solutions that will drive profitability improvement.
Prior to that, Javier was the Head of the Corporate Strategy at Pullmantur, developing and executing the Company’s strategic plan and leading challenging cross-functional projects.
Before joining Pullmantur, Javier developed his career in the strategic consultancy in highly challenging industries. Javier worked at Deloitte and Accenture, being a founder member of the Travel & Leisure area. He also worked at the M&A firm Ambers&Co.
Passionate about tourism and strategy, Javier holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a MBA.
As a Swiss university educated economist Hugo, born in the Netherlands, started financing industrial and real estate projects in Dubai in the very early years of development of the U.A.E. in a bank called Oryx Investments, the first merchant bank in the Middle East. It was here in 1976 that he also financed his first ship, the cruiseship “Bon Vivant” for Chandris Cruises. Hugo got his real training in ship finance at Den norske Creditbank, where he was responsible for Continental Shipping from 1983-1988. In 1988 Hugo did a buy-out of the Rotterdam office of DnC and continued under the name Dolfinance, which is still his specialized finance company, now based in Monaco. Hugo was able to enhance his knowledge of the cruise and ferry market while co-creating the cruise and ferry division of DVB Bank, providing credit, advice on Mergers and acquisitions and other financial products to the cruise and ferry world. DVB’s cruise and ferry book totalled over USD 1 bn. at the time the decision was taken to stop this business. Hugo continued the activities under the Dolfinance banner focusing on: Cruise and megayacht finance worldwide and ferry finance in the Mediterranean and Middle East in collaboration with specialized institutions, export credit agencies and private equity partners as well as all commercial ship finance in Italy and Monaco. Hugo’s specialty are the Luxury cruise market and the Expedition cruise market. He is involved with almost all expedition cruise companies and some of the ultra luxury cruise companies as advisor and / or financier.
Sandra works for AIDA Cruises and is responsible for Shore Excursions and Ground Handling. Her role involves all aspects of operations and product development worldwide.
Sandra has worked on board several AIDA vessels as Shore Operations Manager and cruised throughout the Caribbean, Canary Islands, the Baltic and Western Mediterranean.
After studying tourism Sandra made first experience in cruise business in booking future cruises for AIDA Cruises before joining ship’s crew onboard.
Michel Nestour, Vice President, Global Port and Destination Development joined Carnival Corporation & plc in 2012.
He is also the Managing Director of Barcelona Cruise Terminal SLU, the cruise terminal located in Barcelona, extended in 2014 and under Carnival Corporation & plc concession since 2005.
He is based in Southampton (UK) and responsible for strategic corporate port and destination development initiatives within the EuroMed area and Management of Carnival Corporation & plc operations in Barcelona.
Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he spent over fifteen years working in London for Ernst & Young LLP, Corus Group plc, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and PricewaterhouseCoopers where he specialized in M&A and fund raising in the infrastructure sector, with particular focus on metals and mining.
A native of Lorient, France, Mr Nestour earned degrees in Economics and Spanish at the universities of Nantes in France and Valencia in Spain, respectively, as well as a Master of Arts in banking and finance from the University of Wales. He is fluent in French, Spanish and English.
Mr Nestour also qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 2000.
Dr Thanos Pallis, the Secretary General of MedCruise, the association of cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas, has worked for the port sector for the last two decades. A Jean Monnet Professor in European Port Policy at the University of the Aegean, Greece, he is a regular contributor at OECD, UNCTAD, European Commission, IAPH, AIVP, and ESPO discussions on ports. He served as General Secretary for Ports & Port Policy, Ministry of Development, Competitiveness and Shipping, Greece. He is the co-director of the PortEconomics web initiative, and his publication record includes the books Common EU Maritime Transport Policy and European Port Policy.
Airam Díaz is the Commercial Director of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife which manages five cruise ports.
In 2011, he joined the Port Authority after his position as Commercial Executive of Grimaldi Group and other companies related to the maritime and logistic business.
He has a master degree in Law and Maritime Business by the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a Bachelor of Science, International Trade and Marketing by the University of Wales, Seatrade Cruise Masterclass…
His wide range of responsibilities in the Port Authority are related to different maritime business areas such as cruises, bunker services, container terminals, marinas, offshore and oil platforms, logistic services…
He is an active member of the IAPH, ESPO and is the member of the Medcruise Board of Directors responsible for Projects & Studies, besides his work in the Cruises Atlantic Islands association to promote the Canary, Cape Verde and Madeira Islands area as a cruise destination. Actually, he is really involved in the Tenerife New Cruise Terminal construction that will be ready in September 2016 to improve the deployment in the islands and with the Medcruise tender to “Develop guidelines for Cruise Terminal Investment, Planning and Design’
Kristijan Pavić is the President of MedCruise following serving two years (2014-2016) as Senior Vice-President of the Association representing cruise ports in the Med and its adjoining seas. His professional development has so far brought him a variety of experiences within the cruise industry. Following graduation in maritime sciences (Split University), he worked as cruise company employee onboard ship. In 2006-2010 he became the General Manager of County Dubrovnik Port Authority, and since 2010 he serves the Dubrovnik Port Authority, as General Manager (2010-2012) or Deputy General Manager (2012–today). He has been professionally active in cruise destination management, the enhancement of the cooperation between ports and cities, as well as in the development of partner relations between cruise market stakeholders, in the Adriatic Region and beyond.
After working for a French Business School, Anne-Sophie PEYRAN became, in 2005, the marketing, sales and communication manager of the French Riviera Ports, namely Nice, Cannes, Golfe-Juan and Villefranche.
Her main challenges in this position are to develop the traffic and services of these ports around tourism-oriented activities like ferry vessels, yachting and cruise, drive the communication strategy (corporate, operational, social network, press, media), ensure efficient use of CRM tools and lead economic impact and market studies.
Anne-Sophie PEYRAN launched the French Rivera Cruise Club in 2007, a very successful autonomous entity federating the port-cities, tourism boards and cruise professionals on the “Côte d’Azur”.
She has already shown her involvement in MedCruise by actively participating as Professional Development Director.
Board of Directors Medcruise
Member of “CLIA France”
Member of AIVP association
Marios Polydorou is the Shorex and Port Operations Manager at Celestyal Cruises taking care of all land arrangements for the company’s vessels and ensuring Celestyal’s guests live true authentic experiences ashore. He has been with the company for nearly 20 years and comes with an extensive international experience in cruising, having been company representative in many destinations including the Balearic and Canary Islands, Malaga, Nice, Malta, Corfu, Cyprus, Sharm El Sheikh, Barbados and Santo Domingo. He is currently heavily involved in Celestyal’s Cuba operation and is actively participating in several future projects. Marios was born in the UK and studied at the University of Surrey where he obtained an MSc in International Hotel Management. When he is not working he enjoys travelling and tries to visit at least one new destination per year.
Marcus Puttich, a certified ship agent by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, started his career in the port agency department of Biehl & Company in the ports of Houston and New York. Before joining TUI Cruises in January 2014, Marcus received the degree Bachelor of Arts in Cruise Industry Management from the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences and graduated with a Master of Science with Distinction in Maritime Operations from the Liverpool John Moores University.
Marcus currently holds the position of Head of Port Operations at TUI Cruises and is in charge for worldwide port operations. His responsibilities include but are not limited to the port agency selection, as well as the economic and operational aspects for all ports of call.
After receiving a degree in tourism at the age of twenty, Mark embarked on his career overseas, working in Greece as a holiday rep for Thomson Holidays. Since then he has taken on a variety of different roles within the travel industry, including Regional Director Spain, Portugal & Cruise Operations for First Choice Holidays and Director of Ground Operations & Onboard Revenues for Festival Cruises. During his career Mark has been located in Spain, Africa, Portugal, Greece and Czechoslovakia.
In 2003 Mark founded Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services as part of TUI Group. Since then Mark has overseen the growth of Intercruises from a one port ground handler to a global provider of cruise ship services. Mark was appointed to the role of President in October 2015.
- Holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University.
- PMD at ESADE.
- Value Innovation Programme at INSEAD- Paris.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE CRUISE BUSINESS
- Involved in the cruise industry since 2003.
- Worked for 3 years (2003-2006) as Secretary General of MedCruise, the Association of the Mediterranean Cruise Ports.
- Joined the Barcelona Port Authority in 2006 as Cruise Manager and was appointed Marketing and Cruise Director in 2010 till February 2016.
- Member of the Board of Directors of Creuers del Port de Barcelona (2010 – 2013), the company which owns and manages all public terminals at the Port of Barcelona.
- Member of the Board of Directors of Cruceros Málaga (2011-2012), the company which owns and manages all public terminals at the Port of Málaga.
- Member of the Passenger Committee Network of ESPO, the European Sea Ports Association.
- Senior Vice President of MedCruise (2008-2011) and member of the Board of Directors (2011-2014) being responsible for the Promotion and External Relations of the Association. In September 2014 she was named President of the Association.
- Since February 2016 she is the Cruise Marketing Director of Global Ports Holding.
With over 15 years of experience in the cruise industry, Adam Sharp is Head of Port Operations and Guest Port Services in Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL).
Adam has been with RCCL for five years and is responsible for overseeing the turnaround operations for its three brands, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises as well as agency relationships for Grand Handling and Port Agency. He is also involved in the operational efficiency and costs at all ports of call for RCCL’s cruise ships and represents the business at Government agencies throughout Europe.
Passionate about promoting the benefits of the cruise industry to destinations throughout Europe, he is also the Chairman for CLIA Europe’s Port & Destination Committee. As part of this, Adam enjoys working with a variety of ports to create an extraordinary experience for our guests.
Travelling the world around 270 days a year, Adam loves the variety of his role. During his time with RCCL, his highlights include the performance increase in Northern Europe and transitioning Southampton port to the second highest performing port in the world.
When he is enjoying a well-deserved break, you’ll find him skiing the slopes or on a relaxing holiday with good food and great wine.
Nicolai Skogland is the Port Operations Manager for Viking Cruises’ ocean ships. He is responsible for port operations and costs, relationship with port authorities and agents, guest turn-arounds and bunkering.
Nicolai joined Viking in early 2015 after more than 15 years of experience in port agency services - handling cruise calls to Norwegian, Swedish and Danish cruise ports. A Norwegian native, he spends his time between Basel, Switzerland and his hometown of Bergen, Norway.”
Andreas Stylianopoulos was born in Athens and studied in Switzerland's Hosta Glion Ecole hôtelière from where he graduated with a Master's degree in Hotel Management and Tourism.
He owns and operates Navigator Travel & Tourist Services Ltd, one of Greece's largest travel and tourism organizations. Navigator is the officially appointed Sales and Marketing representative for Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania and FYROM.
Andreas Stylianopoulos serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE), Marketing Greece and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce. He is also Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce.
Gianluca Suprani is MSC Cruises Head of Global Port Development & Shore Activities, as well as member of the CLIA Global Port & Destinations Committee. Mr Suprani leads MSC Cruises’ strategic engagement through the establishment of shore excursions, shore activities and port development initiatives, while heading over 200 employees ashore and on-board.
His cruising career took off at Costa Cruises in 1994 where he began in Italy, then worked in Miami, the Caribbean and finally settled as a Costa representative in Havana, Cuba. After leaving Costa Cruises in 1998, he remained in Cuba as Managing Director of Silares Terminales Caribe, operator of the cruise terminal in Havana and Santiago de Cuba.
Following Cuba, his professional experience continued in Madrid with tour operator Pullmantur, where he became Director of Port Operations, Shore Excursions and Bunker. As a member of Pullmantur’s Executive Committee, Mr Suprani was involved in several innovative South American itinerary projects. In 2010, he joined MSC Cruises as Corporate Shore Excursion Manager.
At MSC Cruises, he is spear-heading the creation of the marine reserve and mega-destination Ocean Cay in the Bahamas; he also led major customer research initiatives and continues to establish efficient ground operations. He aims to continue growing MSC’s leadership for all shore operations.
As CEO, Michael Thamm has headed the Costa Group, which comprises Costa Crociere, Costa Asia and AIDA Cruises brands, since 2012. With 27,000 employees and 26 ships with a total capacity of 72,000 beds, the Costa Group is Europe’s leading cruise operator. The fleet will be further strengthened by seven new vessels by 2020. Thamm began his career in the maritime industry in 1984 when he joined Deutsche Seereederei in Rostock/ Germany. From 1993, he was a key player in the development of AIDA Cruises, the market leader in the cruise sector in Germany. He was the President of AIDA Cruises from 2004 to 2012, during which period he initiated a newbuilding program which saw the fleet grow by one vessel each year between 2007 and 2013. In 2012, he was appointed CEO of the Costa Group. Michael Thamm was born in Dresden/ Germany in 1963 and lives in Hamburg.
Pierfrancesco Vago is the Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises since 2013. Prior to that, as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, he led MSC Cruises to over 800% growth since its inception.
In his new position, Mr Vago leads the company’s ongoing strategy and long-term vision from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He also oversees all of MSC Group’s subsidiaries with strategic relevance to the tourism sector.
Additionally, Mr Vago spearheaded the launch of the Company’s unprecedented 10-plus years investment plan supporting the next phase of MSC Cruises’ growth. The plan encompasses a staggering 11 new next-generation mega cruise ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026, reflecting an investment of €9 billion – the largest-ever in the industry.
Mr Vago entered the MSC Group in 2000, piloting a joint venture between the Italian-based ferry company SNAV and the Hoverspeed Seacontainer Group. In 2001, he rose to the position of Line Manager for the USA, Mexico and Canada within the Group’s container shipping business, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company. .
On 1 January 2014, Mr Vago was also appointed Chairman of CLIA Europe, the European chapter of the Cruise Line International Association, the industry’s leading association, a role to which he was recently re-appointed for a second consecutive term. Over his time Mr Vago has led CLIA Europe, amongst other, to take an increasingly more central role in engaging with all the cruise lines-relevant authorities and legislative bodies across the Continent – with a particular focus on Brussels- , all in close cooperation with CLIA Global.
Today, MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and the fourth largest overall. It is also brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, employing over 16,000 staff and with offices in 45 countries.
Mr Vago is married, with two children.
André's debut in the cruise industry took place in 2010, when he was invited to manage all cruise activity in the Azores. Together with a new port administration, new guidelines were established and new figures were achieved. In 2012, and for the very first time, the Azorean Ports reached 100 cruise calls and, simultaneously, 100.000 passengers. In 2015, new records were set with 138 cruise calls and 141.847 passengers. It is a team's work and André is proud to be part of that team.
Richard J. Vogel’s professional career is strongly linked to the tourism industry, in particular the cruises. Consequently, he perfectly knows both the features of the sector and its major players.
Recently, Vogel has been appointed as the new president and CEO of the Pullmantur Group, a cruise line company with more than 15 years of experience at sea. The company manages both Pullmantur Cruises and Croisières de France and operates in Europe and Latin America.
In the recent past, he worked for the TUI Group, where he was instrumental in the establishment of TUI Cruises - a joint venture between TUI AG and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Since its founding in 2008 until the end of 2014, he was responsible for TUI Cruises as its Chairman & CEO and led it to become a leader company within the cruise sector in Europe.
Prior to joining TUI, Vogel initiated at Seetours the building, orientation and distribution of the brand AIDA. In 9 years at AIDA Cruises as MD and VP Marketing & Sales, he played a significant role in developing and establishing the Brand.
2014 he was awarded by the German Travel Industry Club for "Travel Industry Manager of the Year".
In between, he also worked as an independent consultant for the travel and cruise industry. And since May of this year he supports Saga Cruises as Non Executive Director, underlining once again his extensive expertise in the cruise sector.
Andrew joined UBM at the start of 2014 in preparation for the acquisition of Seatrade, which took place at the end of July 2014. Andrew now holds the position of General Manager at Seatrade and is responsible for, along with the senior management team, the day-to-day management and strategic development of the Seatrade Cruise and Maritime portfolios.
Andrew already has significant cruise industry experience and has worked closely with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) in developing Seatrade and UBM’s cruise portfolio.
Andrew has a background in events, having been Managing Director of the UK`s National Boat Shows who organise two of Europe’s largest consumer boat shows. Prior to that, Andrew held positions as Managing Director at MGM, the US film company and also at Nintendo, as well as senior management positions at the Walt Disney Company.