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RCL Cruises Announces Asia Pacific Leadership Changes

February 28, 2018 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

Royal Caribbean has today announced the resignation of its Associate Vice President and Managing Director in Australia & New Zealand, Adam Armstrong.

Adam has been with the business since 2009, when Royal Caribbean opened its local office, and is leaving to pursue other interests, effective August 2018.

Adam first joined the company as Commercial Manager as one of the first locally-based employees. In 2016, he took on the role of Managing Director and has overseen a period of significant growth for the RCL family of brands, culminating with all three cruise lines – Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara – sailing down under for the past three cruise seasons.

Adam will be replaced by Susan Bonner, currently based in Miami as Vice President of Revenue Management and Onboard Revenue for Celebrity Cruises.  Susan has been with the company for over 10 years, and brings considerable skills and expertise to the role to ensure the continued success of Royal Caribbean in the region. Susan will transition to the Sydney office over the coming months.

Gavin Smith, Senior Vice President International, RCL Cruises, said that Adam’s contribution to the company has been tremendous.

“From just one ship in 2009 to six of the country’s largest and most modern cruise ships in 2018, including the game-changing Ovation of the Seas, Adam has been a significant figure in shaping both the company and the modern Australasian cruise industry. We wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Gavin.

In announcing his departure, Adam expressed his fondness for the company and the local team.

“Over the past decade, I have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s best cruise brands and with a remarkably talented, passionate team. I have had the great fortune to steer the local business through an incredible period of growth, introduce multiple world-class ships to Australia and deliver great commercial results. I’m now looking towards my next personal challenge, and I wish Royal Caribbean and Susan all the very best for the future.”

In addition, RCL Cruises has announced that Sean Treacy, Managing Director of Singapore & South East Asia, will relocate back to Miami to take up the new role of Associate Vice President Strategic Planning for International. Sean has played a key role both in Australia and Singapore during his four years in the Asia Pacific region. Angie Stephen, currently Associate Vice President, Market Development, China, will relocate to Singapore to take on the role of Managing Director, Singapore & South East Asia.

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