People On The MoveNorwegian Cruise Line's Ben Angell is ready to take over as chair of CLIA Australasia.

Change at the helm for CLIA

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Ben Angell (above), who is also the vice president and managing director of Norwegian Cruise Line Asia Pacific, replaces outgoing chair Gavin Smith.
Ben Angell (above), who is also the vice president and managing director of Norwegian Cruise Line Asia Pacific, replaces outgoing chair Gavin Smith. Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Cruise industry veteran Ben Angell, who is the vice president and managing director of Norwegian Cruise Line Asia Pacific, has been elected the new Australasia chair for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Angell takes over from outgoing chair Gavin Smith, the vice president & managing director Australia for Royal Caribbean Cruises, who concludes his two-year term.

“Ben Angell has been a key leader in our industry for many years and has been highly successful in various executive roles not only within cruising but across the wider tourism and leisure sectors,” said CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz said.

“He will provide important stewardship for our industry as we work to strengthen our recovery, rebuild confidence in cruising and confront other challenges ahead.”

Katz also thanked Gavin Smith for his leadership and guidance through a challenging time for the cruise industry.

Following CLIA Australasia's recent AGM, Angell now leads an executive committee that comprises Stuart Allison (senior VP - Asia Pacific, UK & Europe, Princess Cruises), Sarina Bratton (Chairman Asia Pacific, Ponant), Lynne Clarke (Chairman, MSC Cruises Australia), Marguerite Fitzgerald (President, Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises), Andrew Millmore (Executive Chairman, Travel the World Group, representing Windstar and Virgin Voyages), Steve Odell (Senior VP & MD Asia Pacific, Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceania Cruises), and Gavin Smith (VP & MD Australia, Royal Caribbean Cruises).

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