UK-Based Head of Cunard's European Operation Assumes Top Post for Luxury Brand VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Carol Marlow has been named the new president and managing director of Cunard Line, it was announced today. The UK-based Marlow was most recently Cunard's managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and she also served as UK managing director for Princess Cruises and chairman of Swan Hellenic. As president and managing director of Cunard, Marlow will report to Peter Ratcliffe, chief executive officer of P&O Princess Cruises International*, the Carnival Corporation division which includes Cunard Line. She will have worldwide responsibility for the luxury Cunard brand, which includes the already legendary Queen Mary 2 and the iconic Queen Elizabeth 2, the only true ocean liners in operation. A new liner, Queen Victoria, will debut in December 2007. "I am pleased to appoint Carol as president and managing director of Cunard," said Ratcliffe. "Her wide array of experience with a number of cruise companies, along with her leadership skills and understanding of international markets, will add considerably to the strength of the Cunard brand. She is in an excellent position to help maximize the potential of Cunard around the globe, and help further develop the guest base for our distinctive ocean liner vacation experience." Said Marlow, "I am delighted to be appointed to this position, because I believe there's a tremendous opportunity to help further develop the Cunard brand, and add to its impressive legacy of 165 years. Perhaps because I am British, I have an especially strong passion for Cunard and for the unique experience we offer our guests. I also look forward to expanding our relationship with the travel agent community." Since Marlow joined P&O Princess Cruises (now Carnival plc) in 1997, she has been involved with a total of five cruise brands, first starting as managing director of Swan Hellenic. She subsequently worked for P&O Cruises for two years overseeing sales and marketing, and in 2002 she became responsible for growing the Princess Cruises business from the UK when she was appointed UK managing director. In July 2004 Marlow took over as managing director for Cunard Line in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also took responsibility for the UK sales of Seabourn. Prior to her cruise industry career she worked for Thomson Tour Operations on their specialist brands, Lakes & Mountain, Ski Thomson, Thomson Citybreaks and Freestyle. She moved to Forte Hotels as marketing director of the Forte Posthouse and Traders Restaurant brand. In 1994 she moved to IVN Communications, a producer and distributor of special interest travel documentary programmes to TV channels worldwide. As UK general manager, she was responsible for production, acquisition and distribution of programming to the UK, European and Middle Eastern broadcasters. Marlow became chairman of the cruise section of the UK Passenger Shipping Association (PSA) in 2002, and has also recently become a director of the PSA. Marlow graduated from Southampton University, England with a first class honors degree in Economics and Business. She will continue to be based in Britain, but will split her time between the UK and the US. A native of Britain, Marlow was born and lives in London. * P&O Princess Cruises International is a division of Carnival Corporation & plc, which includes Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Carnival UK and Carnival Australia. Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007. Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.SOURCE Cunard Line
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