Our company has named Michael Bayley to the position of President & CEO of our sister cruise line Celebrity Cruises. Most recently, Michael was overseeing all of the Operations of the Royal Caribbean International fleet. Prior to that, he oversaw our international sales and marketing. Michael and I have worked together closely for more than a decade. In fact, I met him on my familiarization cruise in 1989 when he was Chief Purser on Sovereign of the Seas. Michael has been an enormous contributor to the success of Royal Caribbean International. I would like to thank him here for everything he has done so far and wish him the best in his new role.
In connection with Michael switching brands, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is rejoining Royal Caribbean International after seven successful years in Celebrity’s Hotel Operation, the last five as the head of Hotel Operations. Lisa spent many years in various sales and marketing positions before her years in the operation. I also met Lisa in 1989 when I wanted to experience a day of sales calls and Lisa volunteered to host me in her sales territory. Lisa did a phenomenal job in every aspect of Celebrity’s Solstice-class, from the ship design process to the operation of the four (soon to be five) ships of the class. I am very pleased to welcome Lisa back to Royal Caribbean International.
We are very fortunate to have such accomplished company veterans as Michael and Lisa to assume senior positions when an opening arises. We are also very fortunate to have many truly outstanding female executives throughout the management ranks of Royal Caribbean International. With the changes noted above, my three most senior lieutenants are Lisa Bauer, SVP Global Sales & Marketing; Vicki Freed, SVP North American Sales; and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, SVP Operations.