Aurora Expeditions names industry new face as CEO

Active outdoor brand executive Michael Heath enters travel and tourism sector

Adventure travel company Aurora Expeditions has appointed Michael Heath as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 June 2022. His recruitment follows the decision by Monique Ponfoort to step down from the role two months ago.

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“It is a privilege to take on the role at such an important time in the businesses’ history and lead Aurora into the future,” commented Heath.

Michael Heath, Incoming CEO, Aurora Expeditions

Having recently returned from his first trip to Antarctica, Heath continued; “I have experienced first-hand the Aurora Expeditions difference and was incredibly impressed – not just by the awe of Antarctica, but by Aurora’s outstanding expedition experience and highly talented expedition team. I’m looking forward to joining the Aurora family, building on Aurora Expeditions’ pioneering heritage, actively pursuing growth with purpose and capturing the expanding opportunities ahead.”

Aurora Expeditions has operated expeditions to the most remote, unique, and biodiverse destinations on the planet for over 30 years. The Australian-headquartered business recently celebrated a successful return to operations in Antarctica this year, and Heath joins at a time when the business is well-positioned for continued growth, with a deep commitment to sustainable travel and the imminent debut of its second ship, the Sylvia Earle, now slated to launch in Antarctica in November 2022.

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