SOUTHAMPTON — Cunard has a brand new president at its helm.
Katie McAlister will join the Southampton-based cruise line in August following a 20-year career with TUI, where she is currently serving as chief marketing officer, UK & Ireland.
On joining Cunard, part of the Carnival Corporation family, McAlister said: “This was an unrivalled opportunity to join an iconic travel company at a key point in its history. I am so looking forward to joining the team as it widens its appeal and expands its guest base whilst retaining its renowned luxury, signature touches.”
Carnival UK president Sture Myrmell added the company is “delighted” to have someone of McAlister’s calibre join the team.
“Her commercial and operational experience as well as digital transformation expertise and strategic oversight will build on the current team’s exceptional work to ensure that Cunard’s brand and growth opportunities are maximized as we look forward to the introduction of Queen Anne next year.”
Originally scheduled to launch in January 2024, the new Pinnacle-class Queen Anne – Cunard’s first new ship since the debut of Queen Elizabeth in 2010 – is now scheduled to depart Southampton on May 3, 2024. The ship is currently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy.