Three key appointments for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Chief People Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior VP of IT onboarded

Credit: Jack Hardy

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has announced three key executives to its C-suite and senior leadership team, reaffirming the company’s unwavering commitment to continued growth and the delivery of exceptional luxury travel experiences.

Rachel Moosa assumes the role of Chief People Officer. With over twenty-five years of Human Resources experience, encompassing business unit operational and leadership roles, Moosa’s most notable achievement was serving as the Senior Vice President of Talent & Culture for Accor in the Middle East and Africa. In this role, she orchestrated the Talent Acquisition, Development, and Engagement strategy for over 200 hotels and 35,000 colleagues.

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Her broad experience in Human Resources, particularly within the hospitality sector, positions her as an invaluable asset for the company’s growth. Her focus on creating an exceptional workplace experience, from onboarding to offboarding, will ensure the seamless attraction, development, and retention of top talent.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection also welcomes Gaby Aiguesvives as the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer. Aiguesvives brings a wealth of marketing and strategic experience from her previous role at Saks/Hudson’s Bay Company, where she led marketing strategy, analytics, personalisation, loyalty, and insights functions. Prior to this role, she spearheaded growth and performance marketing for all of Hudson Bay Company’s (HBC) brands, including Saks, OFF 5TH, Lord & Taylor, and The Bay.

In her role as CMO, Aiguesvives will oversee best-in-class marketing initiatives designed to elevate brand awareness and drive consideration among qualified target audiences, strategically positioning The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection as an unparalleled ultra-luxury travel experience. With a background rooted in corporate strategy and customer insights, and a track record of success in scaling performance marketing for luxury brands, Aiguesvives is well-positioned to lead the company’s marketing strategy and fuel growth.

To continuously elevate the luxury yachting experience through innovative technology solutions, Lakshmanan Duraisamy (Lak) takes on the role of Senior Vice President of Information Technology. Lak brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience, having played pivotal roles in driving digital transformations for Amazon, Carnival Corporation, Walt Disney World, and Open Text Corporation, among others. His contributions have consistently led to digital transformations, advanced information architecture and systems, streamlined technology operations, and enriched overall guest experiences
through innovative technology solutions.

In his new capacity, Lak will spearhead the IT strategy, applying his wealth of experience to further optimise the company’s technological efficiency, with a focus on enhancing guest experiences and operational efficiency to continue defining the future of luxury cruising. He brings a wealth of knowledge, a history of successful leadership, and a commitment to excellence, positioning the brand for continued success in the evolving landscape of luxury travel.

“We extend a warm welcome to Rachel, Gaby, and Lak, who bring impressive backgrounds and proven track records to our leadership team,” said Jim Murren, Executive Chairman and CEO of The Ritz- Carlton Yacht Collection.

“Together, we are dedicated to understanding our guests, fostering an environment where our dedicated Ladies and Gentlemen thrive, and leveraging cutting-edge technology to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests and world-class team.”

Rachel Moosa, Chief People Officer
Gaby Aiguesvives, Chief Marketing Officer
Lakshmanan Duraisamy, Senior VP of Information Technology

Ernesto Fara, President and CFO of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, added, “The addition of Rachel, Gaby, and Lak marks an exciting chapter for The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Their unique talents and expertise align seamlessly with our vision, propelling us further as a global leader in ultra-luxury travel.”

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