NCLH’s Steve Odell to retire amid reorganisation

Promotions for Regent Seven Seas' Lisa Pile and Oceania Cruises' Jason Worth

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has this morning confirmed Steve Odell will step down from the role of Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region for Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, after a seven-year tenure with the company.

The move was announced as part of an organisational change for the Asia Pacific region which sees newly appointed, UK-based Caroline Smith tasked as Managing Director, International for Regent Seven Seas Cruises overseeing sales and marketing for APAC, EMEA, LATAM and Brazil.

Lisa Pile, current Vice President of Sales, Australia and New Zealand for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will expand her responsibilities to include the entire Asia Pacific region as Vice President Sales and General Manager APAC for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, reporting to Smith.

Jason Worth, current Vice President of Sales, Australia and New Zealand for Oceania Cruises, will expand his responsibilities to the entire Asia Pacific region as Vice President Sales and General Manager APAC for Oceania Cruises, reporting to Nikki Upshaw, Senior Vice President, Sales for Oceania Cruises.

Ben Angell, Vice President and Managing Director APAC for Norwegian Cruise Line, will continue to represent the brand in the Asia Pacific region, reporting to Jason Krimmel, Vice President, International Sales and Marketing for Norwegian Cruise Line.

NCLH local executive team at Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 30th Anniversary event in Sydney. From left: Jason Worth, Oceania Cruises, Steve Odell; Andrea DeMarco, incoming President/CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Ben Angell, Norwegian Cruise Line and Lisa Pile, Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

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Commenting on Odell’s departure, Frank J. Del Rio, President and CEO of NCLH, said: “We are grateful to Steve for his strategic vision and significant contributions to the Company which have positioned us as leaders in the fast-growing Asia Pacific region. I also want to congratulate Caroline, Lisa and Jason for their new and expanded roles, and I am confident they will help us continue to grow and evolve our presence in this important market.

“These transitions reflect our robust succession planning and the strength and talent of our broader team,” Del Rio said.

A cruise industry veteran with over 35 years of experience, Odell joined the Company in October 2015 to spearhead the launch of the Company’s Asia Pacific business across its three brands. In his most recent role since 2019, he was responsible for the strategic expansion, vision and continued growth of the Company’s presence in the Asia Pacific market for Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises.

“It has been an honour to lead the unmatched teams at Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises during this exciting period of growth in the Asia Pacific region,” Odell commented. “I am proud of the significant achievements we have accomplished together, and I am confident that this is the right team to lead the Company into the future and continue delivering best-in-class experiences for our loyal guests and valued travel partners.”

For Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Smith will assume Odell’s responsibilities in her new role as Managing Director, International in which she will oversee Sales and Marketing for APAC, EMEA, LATAM and Brazil.

Steve Odell, SVP and MD Asia Pacific, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Caroline Smith, Managing Director, International for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, based in the UK

Smith joined Regent as head of marketing, EMEA in 2015 and most recently served as Vice President, Global Consumer Marketing. Prior to joining Regent, Smith was a consumer goods marketing leader managing global chocolate, confectionary and premium drinks brands. She holds a Master’s Degree with distinction for strategic marketing management, a postgraduate diploma in Marketing and Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications.

Supporting Smith, Pile, Vice President of Sales, Australia and New Zealand for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, will expand her current responsibilities to the entire Asia Pacific region. Pile has served in her current role for Regent since 2017 and previously served as Vice President of Sales, Australia and New

Zealand for Prestige Cruise Holdings, consisting of both Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises, since 2015. Pile has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience and has managed both commercial and marketing teams for leading global luxury hospitality brands across the Asia Pacific region, China, U.S., UK, Europe, and Africa.

For Oceania Cruises, Worth, current Vice President of Sales for Australia and New Zealand, will expand his responsibilities to include the entire Asia Pacific region. Worth has led the Oceania Cruises sales teams in Australia and New Zealand since 2019. Since joining Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings over a decade ago, Worth has held a number of roles with the Company spanning multiple functional business areas including leading the Accounting and Finance function for all business units in the Asia Pacific region.

For Norwegian Cruise Line, Angell, Vice President and Managing Director APAC, will maintain his responsibilities for the entire Asia Pacific region. Angell joined the Company in 2015 and has over 25 years of experience spanning Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UK, Europe and North America including 10 years of experience specifically in the Asia market.

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