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    Carnival plc Director since 2003

    Mr. Arison has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival Corporation since 1990. He has been Chair of the Board of Directors of Carnival plc since 2003. He was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation (formerly known as Carnival Cruise Lines) from 1979 to 2013 and was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival plc from 2003 to 2013.

    Other Public Company Boards: None

    Mr. Arison’s qualifications to serve on the Boards include his decades of leadership experience with Carnival Corporation & plc, as well as in-depth knowledge of our business, our history and the cruise industry, all gained through more than 45 years of service with our companies.

    Josh Weinstein is president, chief executive officer and chief climate officer of Carnival Corporation & plc and leads one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies that boasts a portfolio of world-class cruise line brands including AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises, and Seabourn.

    The company operates a global fleet of 90-plus ships that welcomes nearly 13 million guests each year and visits over 700 ports and destinations worldwide. Its diverse team of more than 160,000 people from 150 countries delivers unforgettable happiness by providing extraordinary cruise vacations, while honoring the integrity of every ocean sailed, place visited, and life touched.

    Josh assumed his current position in August 2022 after playing a critical role planning the company’s response to the unprecedented pause in guest operations from the COVID-19 pandemic and then the successful restart. His tenure at Carnival includes previous roles as chief operations officer of Carnival Corporation from June 2020 – July 2022, where he directed major operational functions including global maritime, global ports and destinations, global sourcing, global IT and global auditing. During this time, he also oversaw Carnival UK, the operating company for P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard. He previously managed Carnival UK directly, serving as president from July 2017 – 2020.

    Josh also served as treasurer for Carnival Corporation from 2007 to 2017 following five years as an attorney in the corporate legal department. In addition to his treasury role, Josh’s responsibilities increased over his career to include oversight of the tax, risk management and finance, planning & analysis functions.

    Prior to joining Carnival Corporation, he served as a corporate attorney.

    Josh is a member of the board of directors with Catalyst, a global nonprofit focused on advancing women in the workplace. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the New York University School of Law, and is a native of New York. Josh and his wife reside in Miami with their three children.

    David Bernstein has been chief financial officer for Carnival Corporation & plc since 2007. He has also been chief accounting officer since 2016. In this capacity, Bernstein oversees accounting, planning, treasury, insurance, tax and investor relations functions, as well as casino operations, sourcing and information technology.

    Bernstein joined the corporate organization as treasurer in 2003 after serving as chief financial officer of the company's Cunard and Seabourn operating unit for five years.

    Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he spent seven years at Royal Caribbean Group where he held various financial posts, including assistant treasurer, assistant controller and director of corporate planning.

    Bernstein received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
    William Burke, retired Vice Admiral, joined Carnival Corporation & plc in December of 2013, as the Chief Maritime Officer, where he heads the Maritime Policy Department, which is responsible for driving the company’s commitment to safety. 

    A native of Hornell, N.Y., Burke graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and completed a Master of Business Administration at Marymount University. He earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington, D.C. and is also a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.

    Burke served on five submarines including command of USS Toledo (SSN 769). He commanded Submarine Squadron Two from July 2001 to July 2003.

    His Washington D.C. assignments include tours in the Attack Submarine Division, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, Joint Chiefs of Staff directorate for Combating Terrorism, Navy Warfighting Assessments Branch, and as the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations.

    Burke’s flag assignments include Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Commander, Task Force 73/Commander Navy Region Singapore; Director, Assessment Division, Director, Quadrennial Defense Review, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems.

    Effective Oct. 1, 2022, Bettina Deynes became Global Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of Carnival Corporation, overseeing human resource functions for the company’s nine cruise brands.

    Bettina brings a background of business leadership and strategic planning to Carnival Corporation. As Global CHRO, she is ultimately responsible for attracting, retaining and rewarding talent; leading more collaborative approaches with the operating companies to optimize human resource functions and further leverage best practices; as well as enhancing the company culture and leading the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

    Prior to her current role as Global CHRO, Bettina served Carnival Cruise Line as its CHRO overseeing shoreside and shipboard human resources functions. With an extensive HR background, she has provided key support to the organization during a time of unprecedented organizational challenges and brings this experience and momentum to the corporate role.

    Her 20-plus-year career in management and human resources allowed her to bring a wealth of business leadership and strategic planning to her role. Bettina served as CHRO and Strategy Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), while also serving as a voting member of the United States delegation for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for the development of international HR standards. Earlier in her career, she was Vice President, Human Resources for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club and CHRO for the City of Alexandria, Va. In 2022, Bettina was awarded with the National’s Women’s Conference Top 100 Women in Business.

    Doreen S. Furnari has been Company Secretary since June 2023. She has more than 30 years of legal experience and has oversight of securities and capital markets transactions, corporate governance and board-related matters.

    She joined the Company in 1995 as Assistant General Counsel and took on roles with increasing responsibility, having most recently served as Vice President, Senior Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.

    Prior to joining Carnival, Furnari worked as a corporate transactional lawyer at Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwoody & Cole. She earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami and Bachelor of Science in finance from Florida State University.

    Enrique “Rick” Miguez has been General Counsel since March 2021, responsible for the legal affairs of Carnival Corporation & plc. He previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Carnival Corporation since 2003, following his tenure as Assistant General Counsel with the company from 1997 to 2003.

    Prior to joining Carnival, Miguez worked in corporate and international maritime law for White & Case, as well as McDermott Will & Emery.

    He earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in 1985 and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988.

    Jan leads strategy and innovation, external affairs, corporate marketing, and destination development for Carnival Corporation & plc., one of the world’s largest leisure travel companies with a portfolio of world-class cruise line brands including AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises (UK), Princess Cruises, and Seabourn. Reporting to the CEO, Jan also oversees the corporation’s Alaska-Yukon Land Operations, including nine wilderness lodges, exclusive islands and scenic tourist trains and rail cars.

    Jan brings to the role vast experience driving business performance in highly complex global environments, having delivered category growth, operational excellence, and best-in-class service for more than 3 million guests annually across four of Carnival Corporation’s nine global cruise lines as the chief executive supervising Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, and P&O (Australia). For almost three decades with the company, first as a management consultant with Bain & Company working with Princess Cruises, Jan has been instrumental in setting strategy and leading the commercial activities for Carnival Corporation brands, including all aspects of domestic and international sales, global marketing and public relations, commercial planning, yield management, and customer service, and spanning all customer segments, sales channels, and go-to-market systems.

    Among Jan’s many accomplishments, she spearheaded the company’s expansion in Asia by opening offices in Japan, China, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She also led the way in guest experience innovation on Princess Cruises through Ocean Medallion® – a free, encrypted, quarter-sized, wearable device that enables everything from faster boarding and touch-free stateroom access to chatting with shipmates and ordering food and drinks on-demand for delivery anywhere on the ship, and much more.

    Roles and chronology
    2023 – Present             Executive Vice President, Strategic Operations
    2020 – 2023                  Group President, Holland America Group, overseeing Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, and P&O Cruises (Australia)
    2016 – 2020                  Group President, Princess Cruises & Carnival Australia
    2013 – 2016                  President, Princess Cruises
    2009 – 2013                  Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, Princess Cruises
    2004 – 2009                  Senior Vice President, Customer Service & Sales, Princess Cruises and Cunard
    2001 – 2004                  Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Carnival Corporation & plc
    1999 – 2000                  CEO, MGX Media
    1992 – 1999                  Management Consultant, Bain & Company

    Corporate and charitable leadership
    Jan is a member of the board of directors for MGM Resorts International serving on the Finance and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committees. She has also served in various international advisory board roles including marketing committee chairperson for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry trade association. Jan’s leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic is featured in a best-selling Harvard Business School case study, and she has lectured at Harvard Business School, Kellogg, University of Virginia, University of Southern California, and Loyola Law School, among others.

    Jan founded The Goodness Web (TGW), a 501(C)(3) nonprofit focused on supporting youth mental health by accelerating systemic change through a unique social venture capital model. In 2023, Jan was selected as a finalist for the Young President Organization’s Impact Award recognizing members who drive significant, sustainable, and scalable impact.

    Personal and educational background
    Jan earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Virginia.

    She and her husband live in the Los Angeles and are the proud parents of two amazing young women attending college.


    Felix Eichhorn has been president of AIDA Cruises since Sept. 1, 2015.

    Eichhorn studied Business Management at the Economic Academy Hamburg. The native of Rostock has accompanied the unique growth of AIDA Cruises in various management positions of increasing responsibility for more than 15 years.

    Eichhorn started his career at AIDA Cruises in 1999 with a dual studies program. In the following years, he held a wide variety of positions on board and on shore before assuming responsibility for sales and yield management of AIDA Cruises and Costa in Germany as Senior Vice President Sales, Yield Management & Flight Operation in 2013.

    In May 2014, Eichhorn was appointed chairman of the committee Ship of the German Travel Organization (DRV).


    Peter Little serves as the interim leader of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, which represents leading cruise brands in the Australian and New Zealand market, including Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises World Cruising, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

    Carnival Australia is part of the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation & plc, and the industry leader in the region. Three of its cruise lines – P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, and Carnival Cruise Line – are the only global cruise companies to base ships from Australia year-round. Together these brands account for approximately 70% of the Australian and New Zealand cruise passenger market, delivering memorable cruise holiday experiences close to home and further abroad.

    Peter joined the Carnival Australia executive team in 2008. He is the Senior Vice President for Guest Experience for P&O Cruises with responsibility for Hotel Operations, Customer Service, Onboard Revenue, Supply Chain, Port Operations and Travel Services. Peter also manages strategic Port Development in the region. Peter assumed this newly created role in March of 2016.

    Previously, Peter was Senior Vice President for Fleet Operations with oversight of shipboard marine and technical functions for the P&O Cruises fleet. He also managed port and shore operations for the wider group in this region. Prior to moving to Sydney, Peter held the position of Fleet Technical Manager at sister company Carnival UK in Southampton, managing their Worldwide Fleet.

    Trained as a Marine Engineer at South Tyneside Maritime College, Peter started his career on cargo ships before making the transition to the cruise industry in 1991. His sea going career spanned some 17 years sailing in every rank from Cadet to Chief Engineer. He made the move into shore management in 2004 and has held various management and executive roles across the Corporation’s global headquarters.


    Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, certified as a Great Place to Work™ and the flagship brand of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company. As president, she leads a company with a fleet of 23 ships, sailing nearly six million guests annually and employing more than 43,000 people who hail from 110 nations around the globe. Christine has served in this role since 2015 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents the $150 billion global cruise industry.

    Carnival homeports its ships in North America, Europe and Australia and sails to more than 100 destinations in nearly 40 countries. Since joining Carnival, Christine has overseen the introduction of four new ships, most recently the introduction of the line’s most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, which is being followed by Carnival Celebration currently under construction in in Finland and set to debut in 2022, along with Carnival Jubilee, a third Excel class vessel set to arrive in 2023. These sister ships are leading the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise vessels in North America and feature the first roller coasters at sea.

    The company has been implementing a $2 billion fleet enhancement program, where ships have been refurbished to feature new onboard dining, entertainment and recreation experiences, including the transformation and introduction of Carnival Sunrise, Sunshine, the Carnival Radiance and the transfer of an additional ship, Magica, from sister brand Costa.

    In 2018, Carnival opened a state-of-the-art Fleet Operations Center at its Miami headquarters that implements technology used by NASA and the U.S. Navy to monitor operations and improve real-time decision-making. Her “people first” business philosophy makes her an accessible and approachable leader as Carnival leverages its commitment to delivering safe, fun and memorable vacations to its millions of guests and growing customer base.

    Christine joined the cruise industry in 2011 when she was named president and CEO of CLIA. While at CLIA, she elevated the industry’s profile before consumers, regulators, industry stakeholders and the media; led the adoption of the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights to enhance the industry’s commitment to passenger safety, comfort and care; managed the industry response to several high-profile crises; and consolidated a network of 15 cruise industry organizations into one global association.

    Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company where she served six years as president and CEO. In this capacity, she worked directly with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations in the automotive, pharmaceutical, financial services and technology sectors.

    Christine is the chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry. In 2021, she was appointed by the Secretary Commerce to the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board where she serves on the committee on Climate Change. She is a member of the board of directors of Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in hotel management services, and Herschend Family Entertainment, the nation’s largest family-owned operator of themed attractions, including Dollywood and Branson’s Silver Dollar City. She sits on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which Carnival Cruise Line is the official celebration partner.

    Christine has been a strong supporter of women’s leadership in the travel industry, leading initiatives that delivered research and programs to help women advance their careers. She was recently named by Women Leading Travel & Hospitality as one of its top women in travel and hospitality. Christine is also a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women's leadership. She was recognized by Moves magazine as a 2016 Power Women recipient for her work in serving as a role model for future generations of young women. She has also been honored by the Convention Industry Council and the U.S. Coast Guard, among others. Christine was a member of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference class of 2018, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program for the Department of Defense.


    Paul Ludlow was appointed Carnival UK president in June 2023 in addition to his leadership role for P&O Cruises.

    In his consolidated position, Ludlow has accountability for Carnival UK which includes P&O Cruises and Cunard globally.

    With over 20 years experience in the cruise industry, his remit also includes the continued development of P&O Cruises, the UK’s market leading cruise line, for which he has held responsibility since 2018. This includes the two LNG-powered 185,000 tonne Excel class ships – Iona, which joined the fleet in May 2021 and Arvia, launched in December 2022. These ships continue the evolution of the company with contemporary innovations, brand partnerships and guest experiences.

    Cunard will expand its fleet with the delivery of Queen Anne in 2024 and which will build on the rich legacy of this exceptional brand.

    Previously Princess Cruises managing director, UK & Europe, Paul led commercial operations in the UK and across 16 European offices. He established and developed the UK as Princess’ largest market outside North America and oversaw initiatives to promote growth across the UK and Europe. His personal highlight was the coordination and delivery of Royal Princess in Southampton, named by HRH, The Duchess of Cambridge in June 2013, which generated unprecedented global media interest.

    Prior to his role with Princess, Paul held a number of senior sales and commercial based positions within Carnival UK, encompassing a portfolio of brands including P&O Cruises, Cunard and Ocean Village.


    Mario Zanetti was named President of Costa Cruises in March 2021, reporting directly to Michael Thamm, Group CEO, Costa Group & Carnival Asia. In his role of President, he oversees the Costa brand across the world, including Asia, with the aim of guiding Costa to strengthen its leadership in Europe, South America and Asia, and ensure profitable and sustainable growth in the long term.

    A veteran in the cruise sector with over 20 years of industry experience, Zanetti began his career in 1999, when he joined Costa Revenue Management unit based in Genoa headquarters, which he brought to excellence over the years. In 2017 he was named President of Costa Asia, where he demonstrated great leadership capabilities, promoting important innovations in Costa’s local business. Since July 2020 he has been back in Genoa to take also the position of Chief Commercial Officer of Costa Cruises, showing sharp decision-making skills and vision during these challenging months.

    Zanetti studied maritime economy at University of Genoa and completed his executive education by attending general management programs at Insead Business School.


    John Padgett is the president of Princess Cruises and chief experience & innovation officer for Carnival Corporation.

    Appointed in October 2021 as president of one of Carnival Corporation’s most iconic cruise line brands, Padgett oversees all performance and operational functions of Princess Cruises and its global fleet of 15 ships sailing cruise guests to nearly 330 destinations around the world annually. He reports directly to Jan Swartz, group president of Holland America Group.

    Since July 2014, Padgett has served as chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, responsible for guest experience innovation, development, creation and operations integration, and continues to lead the corporation’s innovation unit.

    Specifically for the Princess Cruises brand, Padgett has been a key player in the development and implementation of the Princess MedallionClass® experience delivering a more personalized, simplified and connected onboard experience for all guests and crew that is now available on the entire Princess fleet. This includes the creation and development of the award-winning Medallion® wearable device and the enabling OCEAN® platform that enhances and personalizes the overall cruise experience ranging from world-class dining and beverages, entertainment and spas to on-shore excursions, merchandise and hotel guest services.

    Prior to becoming chief experience and innovation officer for Carnival Corporation, Padgett worked for 18 years with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts where he spearheaded the invention, development and implementation of guest engagement innovations that include the MagicBand, FastPass+ and Disney’s Magical Express, among others.

    Padgett earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech and holds dozens of patents and multiple innovation awards.


    Gustavo (Gus) Antorcha serves as president of Holland America Line, leading the award-winning, premium cruise line known for immersive, authentic shipboard and shoreside experiences. Antorcha oversees Holland America Line’s sales and marketing, revenue management, deployment and itinerary planning, public relations, guest services operations and strategic planning.

    Prior to joining Holland America Line, Antorcha was chief operating officer at Carnival Cruise Line, where he worked for nine years. During that time, he also held positions as executive vice president, guest services, responsible for onboard operations; and senior vice president, guest commerce.

    Antorcha first came to Carnival in 2010 from Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, where he was a partner and managing director focused on clients in the travel and leisure industries. He graduated magna cum laude with distinction from Duke University and holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


    Natalya Leahy is President of Seabourn, the leader in ultra-luxury cruising and expedition travel. In this role, Natalya is responsible for all aspects of the award-winning cruise line’s global business and operations, and leads over 4,000 shoreside and seagoing employees with a fleet of seven luxury ships.

    Previously, Natalya served as Chief Operations Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Holland America Group responsible for providing holistic strategic, financial and operational leadership across the group’s four cruise lines, including Seabourn. Known for her track record of improving business models and driving sustainable growth, Natalya held multiple leadership roles with Procter & Gamble, United Nations and Coca-Cola.

    Natalya holds an MBA from Michigan State University and an MS in Banking and Finance from Tashkent Financial University (Uzbekistan). She is a recipient of the MSU School of Business Alumni Achievement Award.

    Natalya serves on the MSU Business School Advisory Board, University of Washington Global Business Center Board, and is a former Seattle Aquarium Board member.

    A native of Uzbekistan, Natalya is passionate about diversity, equality, and improving lives through education. She is the founding member of the Special Olympics organization in Uzbekistan. Natalya lives in Seattle with her two daughters and is fluent in Russian, English and Uzbek.


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