Frank Del Rio, the president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
and the founder of Oceania Cruises, which trailblazed the upper premium
segment in the cruise industry market, will retire on 30 June.
Familiar faces Frank A. Del Rio and Andrea DeMarco will become the
respective president for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Rio will be succeeded by Harry Sommer, who has served as president and
CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line since 2020. Sommer will also join NCLH's
board of directors, effective on 1 July.
David Herrera, Norwegian Cruise Line's chief consumer
sales and marketing officer, will replace Sommer as president of NCL
beginning 1 April.
"With the company solidly positioned for 2023 and beyond, I am
confident that now is the right time to pass the baton to Harry," said
Del Rio, whose career in the cruise industry spans three decades,
will continue to work with the company as a senior advisor to the board
through 2025, according to NCLH.
With the company solidly positioned for 2023 and beyond, I am confident that now is the right time to pass the baton to Harry.– Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Del Rio has been CEO of NCLH since 2015. Prior to that, he had led
Prestige Cruise International since 2002, which operated Oceania Cruises
and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, until it was acquired by NCL.
His retirement comes as each NCL and Oceania reveal new classes of
ships. NCL debuted the Norwegian Prima in August, the first of six Prima
class ships. Oceania is planning to debut the Oceania Vista in Rome in
May, the first of the line's Allura class of two.
NCL will split Herrera's current sales and marketing position: Adam
Malone, who oversees consumer and integrated marketing, will become
chief marketing officer, and Michael Tomoleoni, who handles the consumer
sales division, will become chief consumer sales officer.
Sommer, who was named president and CEO of NCL in late 2019, has held
several positions at NCLH and Prestige; prior to taking the reins at
NCL, he was president, international for NCLH.
Herrera, too, has served in several roles, including senior vice
president of brand finance, strategy and consumer research; senior vice
president of corporate development for NCLH; and president of NCLH
Source: Travel Weekly