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HX confirms new CEO as Daniel Skjeldam transitions to new role

Gebhard Rainer Appointed as CEO of HX

HX – formerly Hurtigruten Expeditions – has appointed Gebhard Rainer as its new chief executive, with current CEO Daniel Skjeldam transitioning to a role as a board member for Hurtigruten Group

The line said Rainer’s appointment represents an investment on delivering its strategy and financial plan as the expedition line continues towards full autonomy with its own executive leadership team and board after it split from sister company Hurtigruten last year.

Skjeldam has been serving as both group CEO and HX CEO during the initial stages of the transformation process of the brand.

“We have now set the right direction for HX, both when it comes to introducing a new brand and establishing and executing the first parts of the new long-term strategy,” Skjeldam said.

“With the split between Hurtigruten and HX in its final phase, I believe the timing is ideal to bring in a dedicated CEO for HX to develop the company to its full potential.”

Rainer added: “I’m thrilled to embark on this journey and to contribute to our shared vision for expedition travel that is mindful, responsibly low-impact, and considerate of our surroundings.

“The opportunities ahead are truly exciting, and I look forward to leveraging HX’s strengths to drive innovation, growth, and positive impact in the expedition travel industry.”

Rainer to assume new HX role later this summer

Prior to joining the line, Rainer served as CEO of Sandals Resorts International. Before that, he was with Coach as president and chief operating officer.

He will assume his role with HX on 15 July, with Skjeldam remaining CEO of both Hurtigruten Group and HX until then, when he will transition to the role of board member for Hurtigruten Group.

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