Global tourism leader returning to Australia to take the helm of the
region’s largest cruise organisation as the industry remains focused on a successful re-start
Appointment comes as Sture Myrmell transitions to a new role as president of Carnival UK
SYDNEY (Sept. 28, 2021) – Carnival Australia, part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) and the industry leader in the Australian and New Zealand cruise market, today announced that effective Jan. 10, 2022, global travel and tourism veteran Marguerite Fitzgerald will assume dual roles as president of P&O Cruises Australia and Carnival Australia.
Australian-born Fitzgerald, most recently serving as the lead for Boston Consulting Group's (BCG) global lodging and leisure practice, as well as its global strategy business, brings deep expertise in all aspects of cruise operations to Carnival Corporation. She will be based in Sydney and report directly to Jan Swartz, group president, Holland America Group, who also has responsibility for Carnival Australia.
Fitzgerald replaces Sture Myrmell, who on Oct. 18 assumes a new role as president of Carnival UK, the UK’s largest cruise operator, overseeing the Cunard and P&O Cruises UK cruise line brands. Myrmell has been at Carnival Australia for the past 14 years, including the past five years serving as President of Carnival Australia and the home-grown cruise line, P&O Cruises Australia.
Fitzgerald brings two decades of strategy and operational experience in retail and leisure travel to her dual-role position with Carnival Australia. She has worked across global geographies developing international strategies for travel and tourism companies, including over 10 years working with cruise lines – including several Carnival Corporation brands – in virtually every area of operations, from commercial to hotel to maritime. Prior to her time at BCG, Fitzgerald worked for several years in the Australian power industry.
“Marguerite is a trusted global authority in the travel and tourism industry with extensive expertise in the worldwide cruise passenger market, including direct experience working in the Australian and New Zealand region,” said Swartz. “With the insight she brings from consulting with some of the world’s most well-known travel and tourism companies, including several of our brands, she is uniquely qualified to make a strong contribution to Carnival Australia’s continued success.
”With her global perspective and insight, Marguerite is joining the Australian team to continue Sture’s leadership in positioning Carnival Australia for the re-building of cruising in the region along with supporting the many small businesses and individuals who rely on cruising for their livelihoods,” she said.
Myrmell, who will be based in Southampton, England, will also serve temporarily as president of Cunard during the recruitment for that position. He will report directly to Josh Weinstein, chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation, who also has responsibility for Carnival UK.