Executive Bios

Micky Arison
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Carnival Corporation & plc

Micky Arison grew up in the cruise business and spent the better part of two decades learning it from the ground up before being appointed chairman in 1990.

Mr. Arison began in the sales department at Carnival Cruise Lines and worked his way up becoming reservations manager in 1974. He became vice president of passenger traffic in 1976, and just three years later Mr. Arison was named president.

In 1987 Carnival went public, raising $400 million for future expansion, and by early 1989, Mr. Arison engineered the acquisition of the venerable Holland America Line. The purchase also included Windstar Cruises and Westours (now Holland America Princess Tours), a leading Alaska tour operator, giving Carnival entrée to the premium segment of the cruise industry.

Over the next several years, Carnival Corporation acquired brands in various other markets including ultra-luxury Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line, as well as contemporary European operator Costa Cruises, the region’s number one cruise line.

In April 2003, Mr. Arison spearheaded the transaction combining Carnival Corporation’s six cruise operators with the brands of P&O Princess Cruises, creating a truly global cruise operator with the leading cruise brands in both North America and Europe.

Mr. Arison’s contributions to the cruise industry have been recognized worldwide. Some of his honors include being named “Officer of the French Legion of Honor” – the country’s highest civilian honor – by then French President, Jacques Chirac as well as receiving the insignia of “Onorificenza al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the president of Italy, which confers that country’s highest title on a civilian.

Mr. Arison has been chairman of the board of directors since 1990 and a director since 1987. He became a director and chairman of the board of directors of Carnival plc in April 2003. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation since 1979 and became Chief Executive Officer of Carnival plc in April 2003.

Howard S. Frank
Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer
Carnival Corporation & plc

Howard Frank has been Vice Chairman of the board of directors of Carnival Corporation since October 1993 and a director since April 1992. He has been a director, Vice Chairman of the board of directors and Chief Operating Officer of Carnival plc since April 2003. He joined Carnival Corporation as senior vice president-finance and chief operating officer in July 1989 and has served as the company’s vice chairman and chief operating officer since January 1998.

In this capacity, Mr. Frank is responsible for directing the company’s corporate-wide business development strategies. He also works closely with the management of all Carnival Corporation & plc operating units in the development of strategic initiatives.

Mr. Frank works closely with Micky Arison, the company’s chairman and CEO, in providing oversight of the company’s various worldwide operations.

Before joining Carnival, Mr. Frank was the partner in charge of accounting and auditing services with the South Florida offices of Price Waterhouse. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1966, was transferred to their Miami office in 1973, and admitted to the firm’s partnership in 1975. His responsibilities with the firm included a number of diversified clients, largely focused on the cruise and travel industries.

Mr. Frank serves as chairman of the Executive Committee of The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization responsible for travel agent training, marketing and government affairs in North America. He is a director of The Fairholme Funds, Inc.

David Bernstein
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Carnival Corporation & plc

In July 2007, David Bernstein was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer for Carnival Corporation & plc. In this capacity, Bernstein oversees all finance, accounting, treasury, insurance, tax and investor relations functions.

Bernstein joined the Corporate organization as vice president and treasurer in July 2003 after serving as chief financial officer of the company’s Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line operating unit for five years.

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

Bernstein received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983.

Richard D. Ames
Senior Vice President – Shared Services
Carnival Corporation & plc

Richard Ames joined Carnival Corporation in 1989 as director of internal audit and was promoted to vice president – audit services three years later. In 2002, he was named senior vice president – audit services.

In November 2006, he was promoted to his current position, senior vice president of shared services, where he oversees corporate casino operations, global source, corporate information technology, strategic projects and corporate marketing (including SeaVacations UK Ltd) for Carnival’s worldwide cruise brands.

Prior to joining Carnival, Ames spent six years as director of internal audit for Miami-based Resorts International, Inc., and served as a management consultant for International Intelligence, Inc., a subsidiary of Resorts International, for four years.

Ames earned a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Massachusetts in 1975 and a master’s in business administration from George Mason University in 1983. He is a certified public accountant.

Arnaldo Perez
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Carnival Corporation & plc

Arnaldo Perez joined Carnival Corporation in July 1992 as assistant general counsel. He was promoted to acting general counsel and secretary of Carnival Corporation in 1995 and in 1996 he was named general counsel.

In 2002, Perez was named to his current position, senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for the legal affairs of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Prior to joining Carnival, Perez was a partner at Weil, Lucio, Mandler, Croland & Steele of Miami.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Miami in 1982 and a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia University in 1985.

Larry Freedman
Chief Accounting Officer and Vice President-Controller

Larry Freedman, joined Carnival Corporation & plc in April 1998 as vice president- corporate controller, and in July 2007 he was named chief accounting officer. Freedman is responsible for the company’s corporate-wide U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards accounting and financial reporting.

Prior to joining Carnival, Freedman spent three years overseeing the financial operations of Puradyn Filter Technologies, Inc., a Boynton Beach, Fla.-based public company. Prior to then he spent 21 years with the South Florida office of Ernst & Young, and its predecessor Arthur Young & Company and was admitted to the firm’s partnership in 1986.

Freedman graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1973. He is a Florida certified public accountant.

Michael Thamm
AIDA Cruises

Michael Thamm was appointed president of AIDA Cruises in 2004, having previously served as Senior Vice President Operations since the inception of the cruise line in 1993.

Prior to joining AIDA Cruises, he held various management positions within the cargo shipping division of Deutsche Seereederei (DSR).

Thamm, who holds a Master degree in Economics, is a member of the European Cruise Council and chairs the Cruise Council of the German Travel Organisation (DRV).

Gerald R. Cahill
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carnival Cruise Lines

Gerald R. Cahill joined Carnival Cruise Lines’ parent company, Carnival Corporation, in 1994 as vice president – finance and in January 1998 was promoted to senior vice president – finance and chief financial officer. In December 2003, Cahill was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Carnival Corporation & plc.

In July 2007, he was appointed to his current position, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines.

Before joining Carnival, Cahill spent six years with Safecard Services, Inc., a NYSE-listed company, where he served first as chief financial officer and then as chief operating officer. From 1979 to 1988, Cahill held financial posts at Resorts International, Inc., and, prior to that spent six years with Price Waterhouse.

Cahill graduated from the University of Miami, earning his B.B.A. degree in 1973.

Ann Sherry AO
Chief Executive Officer
Carnival Australia

Ann Sherry was appointed CEO of Carnival Australia in July 2007 following a diverse career in banking and public sector. Sherry has played a leadership role in the expansion of the Australian cruise industry including the growth of P&O Cruises’ fleet and the Australian customer base across all Carnival brands.

Recruited to Westpac in 1994, Sherry commenced a 13-year career with the organization. Her first eight years with Westpac spanned senior leadership roles within the HR and public affairs functions, and working through key acquisitions (including Challenge Bank and Bank of Melbourne). Sherry’s success as Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Melbourne led to her appointment as Chief Executive of the New Zealand and Pacific banking business. Sherry made a powerful impact in the New Zealand operation, resuscitating the brand in business and retail sectors, as well as turning staff morale around and delivering a real and highly visible Westpac presence in a tightly congested, diverse and participant-rich financial services market.

In addition to her business contributions, Sherry instituted some major cultural initiatives at Westpac. In particular, Westpac became an industry leader as a result of the paid maternity-leave policy and the focus on women in business.

She has also been instrumental in initiating and delivering an internationally renowned CSR program at Westpac. Sherry was awarded a Cententary Medal in 2003 by the Australian Government and then awarded an Order of Australia in 2004.

David K. Dingle
Chief Executive Officer
P&O Cruises

David Dingle was appointed CEO of Carnival UK in June 2007. In this capacity, he has full operating responsibility for the UK-based brands P&O Cruises, Cunard and Ocean Village, and is also responsible for the UK sales and marketing of Princess Cruises. He is also Chairman of the Carnival plc Management Committee responsible for Carnival Australia.

Dingle joined P&O Cruises in 1978 where, after holding a series of commercial positions, he became managing director in 2000. At the time of the merger of P&O Princess Cruises plc and the Carnival Corporation in April 2003, he became managing director of Carnival UK.

Dingle is past chairman of The UK Chamber of Shipping and the European Cruise Council and continues to serve on the boards of both groups. In 2009 he joined the board of the European Community Shipowners Association. He has previously served as a director of the Association of British Travel Agents and The UK Passenger Shipping Association. He is a Younger Brother of Trinity House and was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours.

Dingle attended Jesus College, Cambridge where he attained a Master of Arts in Classics.

Pier Luigi Foschi
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Costa Crociere S.p.A

Pier Luigi Foschi has been a director of Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc since April 2003. Mr Foschi, chairman and CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A, joined the company as chief executive officer in October 1997, and took over the role of chairman in January 2000.

In addition to his duties at Costa, Mr. Foschi is vice-chairman of Confitarma, the federation of Italian ship owners, and chairman of the European Cruise Council, an organization consisting of Europe’s main cruise companies.

Mr. Foschi joined Costa following a long and prestigious career at OTIS Elevator Company, the world leader in the elevators and people moving equipment. At OTIS Mr. Foschi covered increasingly important roles since 1974. In 1990, after working in Italy and France, he moved to Hong Kong and then to Singapore as executive vice president of the OTIS Asia-Pacific operations, with operational responsibility for 14 countries, from Mongolia to Australia, from India to Japan.

In 2007, Mr. Foschi was listed in the “Club 33” – the 33 most important and influential people in in global travel industry as published by the American Travel Weekly Magazine. Amongst the few Italian senior managers to have reached key positions at international level in global companies, Mr. Foschi speaks English and French fluently and specialized at INSEAD in Fontainebleau (France) after completing his economic-financial education.

Gianni Onorato
Costa Crociere S.p.A

Gianni Onorato has served president of Costa Crociere S.p.A., since April 2004, and during his tenure has further streamlined the company’s core cruise business and has introduced many product innovations.

Onorato began his Costa career in 1986 in the company’s hotel activity sector before becoming cruise product director. In 1998 he was appointed vice president cruise operations director and was responsible for logistics and provisioning as well as all activities relating to calls, excursions, and hotel operations.

He graduated from the Istituto Orientale of Naples with a degree in foreign languages and literatures in 1983, and specialized at SDA Bocconi in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Stein Kruse
President and Chief Executive Officer
Holland America Line

Stein Kruse was named president and chief operating officer in 2003 and in December, 2004, chief executive officer of Holland America Line, Inc.

Kruse joined Holland America Line in 1999 as senior vice president, fleet operations with overall responsibility for all Holland America Line’s operations. Kruse joined Holland America Line from “K” Line America, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also oversaw financial activities in seven U.S. subsidiary companies for the global Japanese shipping company and served on the company’s board of directors.

Prior to that, Kruse held several executive positions in the cruise industry. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and president and CEO for Seven Seas Cruise Line.

He is a former vice chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and presently serves as a director on the board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation and CLIA and on the board of governors of the World Trade Center Seattle. Kruse, a native of Oslo, Norway, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Alan B. Buckelew
President and Chief Executive Officer
Princess Cruises

Alan Buckelew has served as chief executive officer of Princess Cruises since 2007 and as the line’s president since 2004. Buckelew is responsible for all aspects of Princess’ cruises and tour business worldwide. In addition to his role overseeing the Princess brand, Buckelew also served as chief operating officer for Cunard Line from 2004 to 2007, as part of a reorganization of that company’s operations.

Before being appointed president of Princess Cruises, Buckelew was the company’s executive vice president of corporate services, a position he was appointed to in 2000. Responsible for strategic planning, marketing and yield management, he also served as chief information officer and chief financial officer.

Buckelew began his career as manager of management information for Sitmar Cruises in 1977. Rising through the ranks of the company with increasing responsibility for a wide array of areas, Buckelew was appointed senior vice president of corporate planning in 1984. When Sitmar was acquired by Princess he was placed in charge of the company’s reservations and data processing departments. During his career at Princess, he has held the positions of senior vice president of corporate services, senior vice president of customer service, and senior vice president of corporate services and yield management.

Buckelew received his MBA and bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

Rick Meadows

Richard Meadows holds dual positions with sister brands as president of Seabourn and executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs for Holland America Line Inc.; both are units of Carnival Corporation & plc. Meadows’ position at Seabourn was added to his Holland America responsibilities when the award-winning luxury cruise company moved its headquarters to Seattle from Miami in spring 2011.

Meadows has overall executive responsibility for Seabourn. His Holland America responsibilities encompass global cruise revenue and oversight of all product pricing and yield management, marketing, sales, reservations, public relations and guest relations activities of Holland America Line.

With over two decades in the cruise industry, Meadows has held positions with Carnival Corporation since 1984 including vice president, corporate marketing, Carnival Corporation and director of sales, Carnival Cruise Lines. From 1994 – 2000, Meadows served as vice president, sales and marketing, with Windstar Cruises, a former subsidiary of Holland America Line.

Prior to joining Holland America Line in July 2004, Meadows served as senior vice president, sales and marketing, at Seabourn where he was responsible for overall brand management and product development, global strategic marketing and sales promotion.

Very active in the cruise and travel industry, Meadows is a frequent speaker at industry forums and serves on the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) Marketing Committee. Meadows served on the board of directors of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and in 2007 was appointed by Governor Gregoire to a three-year term on the Washington State Tourism Commission.