ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD. NAMES DEL BUSTO,
VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE HUMAN RESOURCES,
AND WELLINGHOFF, DIRECTOR, SHIPBOARD TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
Miami – October 2, 2000 – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has hired two executives to help direct its growing global workforce. Maria Del Busto, a 15-year veteran of human resource management and training, was appointed vice president, Corporate Human Resources, and Annette Wellinghoff, formerly of Burger King, was named director, Shipboard Training and Development.
As vice president, Del Busto will be responsible for developing human-resource policy and directing and coordinating employment, employee relations, corporate training, HR information systems and employee services for both the company's Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands.
“We are fortunate to find someone with Maria's valuable experience in all aspects of human resources, from training to automated systems to implementing strategic plans,” said Tom Murrill, vice president and chief human resource officer for Royal Caribbean. “She will lead our corporate learning and development efforts to support the growth of the company.”
Del Busto moves to Royal Caribbean from health-insurance provider Fortis Health, where she was acting senior vice president of Corporate and Field Human Resource Services. Earlier, she had served at John Alden Life Insurance Co. in Miami as director and, later, as vice president of Corporate Human Resources. She was named vice president of Field Services when Fortis Inc. acquired John Alden in 1998.
Prior to joining John Alden in 1990, Del Busto was an employment and training manager for the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta and a computer trainer at the teaching hospital of Dartmouth College.
Wellinghoff will assume responsibility for the training and development of the company's shipboard staff. Currently, more than 20,000 shipboard employees participate in the company's onboard training program.
Previously, Wellinghoff was director of worldwide training for Burger King Corp., where she managed Burger King University and designed and implemented a management curriculum focused on performance improvement. Prior to joining Burger King in 1998, she had served as director of Human Resources and Training for Dole Fresh Flowers, Inc.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is a global cruise company with a combined fleet of 19 vessels in service, and an additional 10 ships under construction or on firm order.