Azamara bolsters leadership team

Three recruits and one internal promotion at small ship operator

Azamara Cruises has revealed a number of key new appointments to its executive team leading the company in its next phase of growth. These new appointments come as new CEO, Dondra Ritzenthaler, settles into her role, one month in.

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Meg Lee will oversee Marketing & Communications for Azamara globally including Product, Trade, Brand, Engagement & Loyalty, Media, Public Relations & Internal Communications. Lee was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer at Norwegian Cruise Line, and most recently led North America Consumer Marketing for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Paulette Haedo will lead Azamara’s Information Technology and the Program Management Office. With an extensive knowledge of the Seaware cruise reservation system rooted in her tenures with American Classic Voyages, Disney Cruise Line, and Virgin Voyages, Haedo specialises in creating scalable, customer-focused products and enhancing customer experience. In her most recent role, Haedo served as VP of Experience Product Delivery Transformation at Virgin Voyages. Prior to this, she held key roles in IT, Transformation, and Digital functions at Royal, Disney and American cruise brands.

Minas Miliaras, a naval architect with an MBA in marine engineering, will oversee Technical, Nautical, Safety, Environmental, and Security Operations as Chief Maritime Officer for Azamara. Miliaras has previously served in various similar high-level roles including Senior Vice President Marine Technical Operations for Carnival Maritime and Associate Vice President of Marine Operations at Royal Caribbean.

Nico Corbijn has been named Chief Administrative Officer after a successful three years overseeing Marine Operations for the small-ship brand. He will now lead Global Human Resources, Legal Services, and Azamara’s flagship Land Product Development team. Corbijn brings a background in Organisational Management and multiple certifications in Human Resources in addition to deep expertise in crew management to his new role.

Commenting on the appointments, Dondra Ritzenthaler, Chief Executive Officer of Azamara Cruises said “I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that these three outstanding individuals are joining the Azamara team.”

“Meg, Paulette, and Minas are recognised leaders in their respective areas of expertise. They each bring a wealth of cruise industry knowledge and experience to Azamara. They will each play a critical role in helping us take our industry-leading innovation and growth strategies to the next level.”

View LATTE‘s recent interview with Ritzenthaler where she describes her vision for the brand and her strategy for her first 90 days at Azamara, here.

Lead image: Guests aboard Azamara Cruises’ 2024 World Cruise. Source: Facebook.

Meg Lee, Global Chief Marketing Officer
Paulette Haedo, Chief Information Officer
Minas Miliaras, Chief Maritime Officer
Nico Corbijn, Chief Administrative Officer
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