Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief gross sales officer Katina Athanasiou has left the corporate, efficient right now, and can seek the advice of for the group by means of November.
Athanasiou stated the separation was amicable and that it was as a consequence of her determination to delay getting a Covid-19 vaccination, which is a situation of employment for all U.S.-based Norwegian Cruise Line staff in buyer or vendor-facing roles.
“I’ve the utmost respect and appreciation for NCL, however regrettably, there wasn’t a path ahead after I made the non-public well being determination and option to delay getting vaccinated,” Athanasiou stated in an interview. “And whereas it is a private selection for me, it is so necessary to know that I totally help the corporate and I consider within the vaccines.”
She added that everyone else in her family who was eligible to be vaccinated, together with her 14-year-old son, has been, and that she helps Norwegian’s dedication that “one of the best ways to restart consists of 100% vaccination for each visitor and crew aboard our ships,” a coverage that extends to shoreside staff, together with the gross sales staff, which is gearing as much as work in particular person with journey advisors and attend conferences.
“I consider that,” she stated. “That is most likely one of many hardest issues I needed to come to reconcile. I needed to separate what I consider is correct for the group and in the end what is correct for me from a well being perspective right now.”
Athanasiou joined Norwegian seven years in the past, after the corporate acquired Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises; she had been with Oceania and Regent since 2011. She has been in her current function at Norwegian for 2 years.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Harry Sommer stated in a message to journey advisors, “I’ve unbelievable respect for the good work she has carried out and the stellar staff she has constructed throughout her tenure with our firm. Please be part of me in thanking her for her many contributions and wishing her properly by means of this transition and in her future endeavors.”
Todd Hamilton, the road’s vice chairman of worldwide enterprise, has been promoted to senior vice chairman of gross sales and can assume Athanasiou’s duties. He’ll report back to Sommer and lead the worldwide gross sales group. A 14-year veteran of Norwegian Cruise Line, Sommer stated that Hamilton “has been an incredible asset to our enterprise” with each “multidimensional expertise” inside Norwegian and at father or mother firm Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the place he labored as vice chairman of economic and enterprise planning.
Athanasiou stated that she and Hamilton have already had a number of conferences and that she has confidence in each him and the gross sales management staff to “assist our journey companions and the group succeed. They’re primed and prepared. We now have been working for 15 months to get so far; I do know they are going to succeed.”
She added that whereas leaving Norwegian was “one of many hardest issues I’ve ever gone by means of in my total profession, I proceed to have super respect and admiration for what they constructed. I’ll at all times have a bit of me that’s on the sidelines cheering for this staff.”
She anticipates finally discovering a brand new function in journey, as a result of she is so passionate concerning the business.
“We’re embarking on an unbelievable time for the journey business, and I’m assured that there’s a magic alternative on the market that may cross my path and that aligns with my worth proposition,” Athanasiou stated. “I’m very open to what’s proper, when it is proper.”