Carnival Australia has announced that from January 10, 2022, travel and tourism veteran Marguerite Fitzgerald will take up dual roles as president of P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Australia.
Australian-born Fitzgerald has most recently served as the lead for Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) global lodging and leisure practice and its international strategy business, bringing deep expertise in all aspects of cruise operations to Carnival Corporation.
She will be based in Sydney and report directly to Jan Swartz, group president, Holland America Group, who also has responsibility for Carnival Australia.
Fitzgerald replaces longtime industry stalwart Sture Myrmell, who on October 18 will assume a new role as president of Carnival UK, the UK’s largest cruise operator, overseeing the Cunard and P&O Cruises UK cruise line brands.
Myrmell has been at Carnival Australia for the past 14 years, including the past five years serving as President of Carnival Australia and the home-grown cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia.
Fitzgerald brings two decades of strategy and operational experience in retail and leisure travel to her dual-role position with Carnival Australia.
She has worked across global geographies developing international strategies for travel and tourism companies, including over ten years working with cruise lines – including several Carnival Corporation brands – in virtually every area of operations, from commercial to hotel to maritime.
Before her time at BCG, Fitzgerald worked for several years in the Australian power industry.
“Marguerite is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market, including direct experience working in the Australian and New Zealand region,” said Swartz.
“With the insight, she brings from consulting with some of the world’s most well-known travel and tourism companies, including several of our brands, she is uniquely qualified to make a strong contribution to Carnival Australia’s continued success.
“With her global perspective and insight, Marguerite is joining the Australian team to continue Sture’s leadership in positioning Carnival Australia for the re-building of cruising in the region along with supporting the many small businesses and individuals who rely on cruising for their livelihoods,” she said.
Myrmell, who will be based in Southampton, England, will also serve temporarily as president of Cunard during the recruitment for that position.
He will report directly to Josh Weinstein, chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation, who also has responsibility for Carnival UK.
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