given Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award at event in Washington, D.C.
Seattle, Wash., April 18, 2018 —
Holland America Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse was honored with the
Ambassador C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award from the Netherland-America Foundation
at a dinner at the Willard InterContinental hotel in Washington, D.C.,
Thursday, April 12, 2018. His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, was honorary chair of the
Named for the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands from 1989 to 1992 who endowed
it in 1998, the C. Howard Wilkins, Jr. Award recognizes outstanding
professional accomplishments in fields of business, banking, corporate
leadership, politics, government and diplomacy, arts and sciences,
entertainment and sports.
"Holland America Line has a rich Dutch legacy and heritage that I have been a
part of for nearly 20 years, and I am honored to be recognized by the
Netherland-America Foundation with this distinction," said Kruse. "I share this
award with all of my colleagues who foster our on-going relationship with the
Netherlands, our economic impact in the region, and the connection between our
cultures that we proudly highlight on board Holland America Line ships."
Kruse was honored alongside Marillyn Hewson, chairman, president and CEO,
Lockheed Martin, who received The Ambassador J. William Middendorf II Award,
and Glen Hauenstein, president, Delta Air Lines, who was honored with The
Ambassador K. Terry Dornbush Award.
"The Netherland-America Foundation is about strengthening the economic,
political and cultural ties between the United States and the Netherlands,
and the Ambassadors' Awards honor individuals who exemplify our mission," said
James Dykstra, NAF board member and chair of the organizing committee of the
NAF Ambassadors' Awards Dinner. "Through his work with Holland America Line,
Stein Kruse has been a champion of promoting Dutch culture and heritage around
the world, and it's a privilege to present him with the C. Howard Wilkins, Jr.
About Stein Kruse
Stein Kruse is group Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group and
Carnival UK, divisions of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group
includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as
Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the
board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival
Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival UK encompasses the
UK-based brands of Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. Holland America Group
and Carnival UK operate 51 cruise ships, with more than 60,000 employees
Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World
Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of
Washington Foster School of Business Dean's Advisory Board. A native of Oslo,
Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a
graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Building on the enduring heritage and values shared between the peoples of the
Netherlands and the United States, the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF)
seeks to further strengthen the bonds between our two countries through
exchanges in the arts, sciences, education, business and public affairs.
Founded in 1921, NAF offered an opportunity for the Dutch-American community to
continue its efforts to promote Dutch culture in the United States. Edward Bok,
celebrated publisher of Ladies' Home Journal, served as its first president.
Bok and his colleagues — including Franklin D. Roosevelt — were determined to
build the NAF into an activist organization. Business, government and academic
leaders served as presidents, among them: Thomas J. Watson, founder of IBM; the
Hon. William C. Redfield, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Dr. A.J.
Barnouw, Queen Wilhelmina Professor at Columbia University.
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Nieuw Statendam, to
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