NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE HOLDINGS LTD.
EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
Senior Vice President and Managing Director Steve Odell now responsible for Asia along with Australia and Pacific regions; Senior Advisor David Herrera is named Senior Vice President and Managing Director of China; while industry veteran Frank Medina joins the NCLH team as Vice President and Managing Director for Latin America
MIAMI – November 20, 2015 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: NCLH) today announced three key appointments to the company’s international leadership team: Steve Odell, previously Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand, is now Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific, responsible for overseeing Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, and Asia, including Japan, India, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan; David Herrera, previously with Prestige Cruise Holdings, has been appointed as Senior Vice President and Managing Director China; and Frank Medina, who joins the company as Vice President and Managing Director for Latin America, overseeing Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean. All three positions will be focused on the continued growth of the company’s presence in the region and differentiating each brand’s unique offerings. The three executives will be responsible for all three of NCLH’s family of brands, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. All report to Harry Sommer, Executive Vice President International Business Development.
Odell brings a wealth of cruise industry experience earned over the past thirty years through pioneering activity in a variety of senior positions in the luxury sector. He played a key role in the establishment of the luxury cruise segment in Australasia since 2000, previously serving as Silversea’s President EMEA & Asia Pacific. He has also served as Chairman ICCA (now CLIA Australasia) between 2005 & 2007 and was a founding Board member of the Asia Cruise Association (now CLIA Asia).
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director for China, David Herrera is responsible for overseeing all of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ brands in the quickly expanding China market, including the home-porting of NCLH’s newest and largest ship in the market. Most recently, Herrera co-chaired the task force created by NCL to decide its future deployment strategy in China. Previously, he served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of Prestige Cruise Holdings, where he led a group responsible for researching the Chinese cruise market for Oceania Cruises. David began his finance and investment career at Goldman, Sachs and Sanford C. Bernstein where he advised executives and families on all investment matters and was the founder of a private investment firm focused on dynamic and early stage growth opportunities similar to NCLH’s opportunity in the emerging China cruise market.
Frank Medina joins Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings as Vice President and Managing Director for Latin America. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the cruise sector, most recently having served as Commercial Director for Key Markets in North America for Celebrity Cruises, overseeing strategic planning and execution of sales and marketing initiatives across the brand’s top markets. He previously led the growth and development of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Latin America & Caribbean.
“We are thrilled to further enhance our strong international leadership team with the strong experience, strategic planning and industry knowledge that Steve Odell, David Herrera and Frank Medina bring to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings,” said Harry Sommer, executive vice president, international business development.
About Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq:NCLH) is a leading global cruise company which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands.
With a combined fleet of 22 ships with approximately 45,000 berths, these brands offer itineraries to more than 520 destinations worldwide. The company will introduce five additional ships through 2019.
Norwegian Cruise Line is an innovator in cruise travel with a history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, most notably with the introduction of “Freestyle Cruising,” which revolutionized the industry by giving guests more freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Cruise Line offers The Haven, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Oceania Cruises offers immersive destination experiences with destination-rich itineraries spanning the globe and the finest cuisine at sea. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is an all-inclusive luxury cruise line which provides all-suite accommodations, round-trip air*, highly personalized service, acclaimed cuisine, fine wines and spirits, Wi-Fi, sightseeing excursions in every port and other amenities included in the cruise fare.
*from select markets
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