Holland America Line
president leads prestigious Fortune 1000 and Global 500 senior executive
D.C. (Jan. 10, 2017)
– Orlando D. Ashford, president of Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., has
been elected chair of The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the pre-eminent
national organization composed of current and former black CEOs, senior
executives, entrepreneurs, global thought leaders and board members of Fortune
1000 and equivalent companies. The focus of the organization is the development
of a pipeline of global black executives for C-suites, corporate boards and
global enterprises to leverage the full power of diversity and inclusion. Ashford's
term as chair extends through Dec. 31, 2018.
serving on the board of The ELC for many years, most recently as vice chair, I
am honored and eager to join the new slate of board directors in serving ELC
members and significantly expanding our reach and impact," Ashford said. "For
30 years The ELC has worked tirelessly to build a strong channel of global
black leaders. As we extend our influence to black leaders globally, we look
forward to welcoming new thinking and ideas that will help us increase the
representation of men and women of color in leadership roles worldwide."
succeeds Rhonda R. Mims, senior vice president and chief public affairs officer
of WellCare Health Plans Inc., who served as ELC board chair in 2016.
served The ELC successfully and faithfully during a year of transition as The
ELC celebrated its 30th anniversary and prepared for the future," added
America Line president, Ashford oversees sales, marketing, revenue management,
deployment, itinerary planning, public relations, hotel operations and
strategy. Before joining Holland America Line, he was president of the Talent
Business Segment of global consulting firm Mercer. Previously, he was senior
vice president, chief human resources and communications officer of Mercer's
parent, Marsh & McLennan Companies. He also held executive positions at The
Coca-Cola Co. and Motorola Inc.
has demonstrated leadership and marketing savvy as president of Holland America
Line, a premium brand in Carnival Corporation's portfolio of 10 world-leading
cruise lines," said Arnold Donald, chief executive officer of Carnival
Corporation. "Orlando brings tremendous talent and creativity to The ELC
at a time when the membership under his leadership can chart a course of
certainty through our world of constant change."
to being a transformational leader, Ashford also is an accomplished author. His
recent book, "Talentism," examines how technology and human networks can bridge
skills gaps, enhance business performance and improve society. He is on the
board of ITT Corp. and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Seattle Chapter.
Ashford holds bachelor's and master's degrees in organizational leadership and
industrial technology from Purdue University.
been a dedicated leader in his service to The ELC," said Ronald C. Parker,
president and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council. "As chair of the council
board of directors, Orlando will raise the profile and impact of The ELC on the
issues, challenges and opportunities most important to our members and key
committee of The Executive Leadership Council board of directors includes Donna
M. Wilson of Johnson & Johnson, vice chair; Jeffrey G. Webster of Exxon
Mobil Corporation, secretary; and Gregory E. Deavens of MassMutual Financial
Group, treasurer. ELC board directors include Crystal E. Ashby, Chloe Barzey,
Leilani M. Brown, Julia M. Brown, Billy Dexter, Linda D. Forte, Arlene
Isaacs-Lowe, Tonie Leatherberry, Valerie D. Lewis, Larry Quinlan, Kenneth B.
Robinson, Sharon C. Taylor and Geri P. Thomas.
Photos of Orlando Ashford available at https://www.cruiseimagelibrary.com/c/s71pm42z.
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About The Executive Leadership Council:
Executive Leadership Council, an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation
founded in 1986, is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to
increasing the number of global black executives in C-Suites, on corporate
boards and in global enterprises. Comprised of more than 600 current and former
black CEOs, board members and senior executives at Fortune 1000 and Global 500
companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an
inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global black leaders to
make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they
serve. For more information, please visit elcinfo.com.
About Holland America Line [a division
of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE:
CCL and CUK)]:
America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers more than 500 cruises to more than 400
ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies around the world. From
shorter getaways to 113-day itineraries, the company's cruises visit all seven
continents with highlights including Antarctica explorations, South America
circumnavigations and exotic Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; four
annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Bermuda, Europe and the Panama Canal. The line currently has a new
2,650-guest ship, ms Koningsdam,
delivered in April 2016, as well as a second Pinnacle-Class ship, ms Nieuw Statendam, due for delivery in
Michael Dutton, The Executive
Leadership Council, (703) 706-5203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Andrews, Holland America Line, (206) 626-9890