Celebrity president and CEO resigns

Dan Hanrahan, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises has tendered his resignation from the cruise line after 13 years of service with Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.

With his resignation effective from the end of July 2012, 54 year old Hanrahan will move on to become president and CEO of hair care company Regis Corporation as of 6 August 2012.

"While leaving Celebrity isn’t easy for me, I am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish the last seven years,” Hanrahan said in a statement overnight.

 “The delivery of Celebrity Solstice in 2008 changed what was a great brand into the finest premium cruise line in the industry.  In four years, we took delivery of five new ships, ‘Solsticized’ the Millennium class, repositioned the brand around ‘Modern Luxury’, achieved record high guest ratings and won numerous awards as the best sales organization.  Not to mention, we saw our profitability improve dramatically.”

Hanrahan went on to express his confidence in the Celebrity Cruises team and thanked the company for their support during his seven-year tenure as President and five years as CEO.

“This is the finest group of professionals I have ever worked with.  I know the Celebrity momentum will continue.

“I want to thank all the people of Celebrity for their support and help to me over the past years.  I feel extremely fortunate to have had the wonderful opportunities our company provided.  I’ll always look back proudly on what we have accomplished and be thankful for all the wonderful people who have touched my life.”

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain thanked Hanrahan in a statement and shared his belief in the company’s position.

“While I am sorry to see Dan leave our family, with the strong base of the Celebrity organisation and the continued support of the travel agent community, I know Celebrity’s future is in good hands,” Mr Fain said.

The move comes just months before Celebrity’s fifth and final Solstice-class ship, Celebrity Reflection, launches in October 2012.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A
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