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Royal Caribbean announces successor to Ben Bouldin

Gerard Nolan

Royal Caribbean International has appointed Gerard Nolan as vice president, EMEA following the departure of Ben Bouldin last month

Nolan, who has worked within Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises division since 2006, will lead the day-to-day operations for the brand across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, overseeing the sales, marketing and commercial teams.

During his tenure with RCG, he has held a variety of senior management roles, including associate vice president commercial at Celebrity Cruises, where he oversaw the EMEA region while providing strategic support for the Australia and Asia Pacific regions.

Nolan said: “I really can’t wait to start my new role at such an exciting time for Royal Caribbean. I’m looking forward to leading my talented new team and supporting our fantastic travel partners as we continue to drive the brand’s success across the EMEA region.”

Gerard’s appointment follows the news that Ben Bouldin, incumbent senior vice president EMEA, will be relocating to Shanghai, China, in August to take on the role of president of Royal Caribbean International, China.

Royal Caribbean strengthens global leadership team

In an internal announcement, Angie Stephen, SVP, International, Royal Caribbean International, welcomed Nolan to the team, while announcing a new leader to the company’s Asia-Pacific team.

Stephen said: It is an especially exciting time for Royal Caribbean’s international organisation, and I am thrilled to share that we have now completed the leadership team with new leaders for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific, and a new associate vice president of international strategy.

“The Asia-Pacific team is also welcoming a new leader. Chad Grospe will make the move from Miami to Singapore to step into the role of vice president of Asia-Pacific, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business across the region, including the sales, marketing and commercial teams.

“In addition, we are welcoming a new face to the international team. Josh Barrocas will join us as associate vice president of international strategy after having recently led the brand’s global commerce strategy and revenue management automation efforts.”

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean International took delivery of new ship Utopia of the Seas following a handover with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, which will make its debut from Port Canaveral in Florida on 19 July.

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