Andy Stuart resigns his position as President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line after the launch of Norwegian Encore
His successor will be Harry Sommer, current International President of Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), considered one of the most innovative international cruise companies has announced changes in its management team. Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, resigns after his launch of Norwegian Encore and has named Harry Sommer, current International President as his successor. Stuart will leave his position on December 31, 2019 and remain in the company as a Senior Advisor until March 31, 2020 to facilitate a smooth transition.
Stuart joined NCL in 1988, held important executive positions during his three-decade career, such as: President and Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Passenger Services; Executive Vice President and Product Director and Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Passenger Services. Stuart has played a decisive role in NCL’s achievements, such as the introduction of the revolutionary Freestyle Cruising concept, where guests have been freed from traditional meal schedules in one place and given the freedom and flexibility to dine wherever they want. and at any time you want among the wide gastronomic offer on board.
For his part, Andy Stuart, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, commented: «I dreamed of my career at NCL when I joined the company in 1988 and I am extremely fortunate to have witnessed firsthand the incredible evolution of this pioneer brand in the industry I am honored to have played a leading role in NCL and to remain proud of the commitment, dedication and passion of our team to offer the best vacation experience of its kind. I have worked closely with Harry and I am sure he is the right person to take the helm and continue the trip to Norwegian Cruise Line. «
Frank del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, says: “Andy has achieved everything possible in the cruise industry, including the leadership of his most famous and innovative brand. He will leave on a high note after delivering the brand’s latest ship, Norwegian Encore, the last ship in the most successful ship class in the history of the Company, «said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. Holdings Ltd. » We are extremely grateful for your leadership and contributions to Norwegian Cruise Line, our company and the cruise industry. ”
Del Rio has continued: “In recent years, Norwegian management and board of directors have worked closely on a comprehensive succession plan that harnessed the exceptional strength of the entire company. The Board and I are sure that Harry is the right person to succeed Andy as President and Executive Director of the Norwegian Cruise Line brand and we hope he will take advantage of his extensive knowledge and extensive experience in the industry and our Company to bring the brand to new dimensions «.
«Andy and I have worked closely in recent years and I am honored to follow in his footsteps and lead this renowned company working with all our incredible partners around the world, taking advantage of the strong position that the brand has today and charting the strategy for next phase of the NCL trip ”said Harry Sommer, International President of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Sommer is currently International President of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., where he is responsible for all sales, marketing, public relations and office operations of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises in all markets outside the United States and Canada He previously served as Executive Vice President, International Business Development and Executive Vice President and Integration Director of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and held several executive positions for Prestige Cruise Holdings, including the Marketing Director; Senior Vice President of Finance and Director of Information and Director of Accounting. Sommer has an MBA from Pace University and a BBA from Baruch College.