Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry AO has congratulated Katie Lahey on her recent award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Ms Lahey, who has been Chair of Carnival Australia since 2007, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and commerce, and to the arts.
“The honour is a well-deserved recognition of Katie’s contribution to business activity in Australia and to the wider community,” Ms Sherry said.
“As chair of Carnival Australia, Katie has played a key role in guiding the transformation of the Australian cruise industry and its development as the fastest growing cruise market in the world.”
Ms Lahey is widely acknowledged as being one of the most distinguished women in the Australian business community with wide experience including 10 years at the helm of the Business Council of Australia (BCA).
Prior the BCA role, Ms Lahey served five years as the chief executive of the State Chamber of Commerce in NSW. She moved to the Chamber after three years as chief executive of the Sydney City Council.
Previously, as chairman and chief executive of the Victorian Tourism Commission she restructured the organisation and developed a range of successful domestic and international marketing campaigns.
Ms Lahey has been recognised under Australia’s official honours system, the Order of Australia, which was first introduced in 1975 to recognise the service of citizens to the nation and humanity.