Published on : Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Carnival Corporation and plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, has made changes to its leadership team with appointments and promotions to serve multiple brands and business units globally including Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia.
Anthony (Tony) Kaufman has been promoted to executive vice president, professional services, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer. In this new role, he oversees a number of critically important functions: human resources, both shoreside and shipboard, information technology, legal and compliance. As a member of the senior executive team, Kaufman continues to report to Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia.
Previously, Kaufman served as executive vice president, professional services, and as chief financial officer of these four cruise brands. He has also served as executive vice president, international operations, for Carnival plc’s Princess Cruises brand, leading the line’s expansion into Asia as well as managing the Australia, United Kingdom and Europe business operations.
Natalya Leahy has been promoted to chief financial officer for Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia, and all Land Operations. Leahy previously held the role of senior vice president and chief financial officer for Holland America Line and Seabourn. As a member of the senior executive team, Leahy also reports to Kruse. She is responsible for providing holistic financial leadership and support for the business, including portfolio strategy, strategic planning and analysis, reporting, accounting and tax strategy, financial stewardship and oversight of the department. Prior to joining Carnival Corporation, Leahy held leadership positions at Proctor & Gamble, United Nations Development Program, Coca Cola Bottlers and Le Meriden Hotel.
Leahy is active in several women empowerment activities and organizations, including Lean In, an organization established to support women in achieving their career and personal goals. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Aquarium, and is a former Board Member and active supporter of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.
Stein Kruse, chief executive officer of Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Carnival Australia said that he is proud of the leadership structure they have developed and the path ahead to support the four brands with new roles and the accountability of the leaders and their teams.
Tony’s broad business, legal and industry experience together with his strong leadership ability and commitment to doing the right things for our guests, employees and our business, make him uniquely qualified to lead these important areas of our business. And, Natalya has shown an incredible commitment to driving the financial strategy and shareholder value for the company. They are so pleased that the entire organization benefits from her experience, insights and leadership in this new role.