Executive Team

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Executive Team

Stein Kruse

Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group

 

Stein Kruse is Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group, a division of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia.

Holland America Group operates 41 cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually.

Princess Cruises is the third-largest cruise line in the world, carrying approximately 1.4 million guests each year to top destinations around the globe on 18 premium vessels. A new 3,560 passenger Royal-class ship is on order for delivery in spring of 2017.

Holland America Line operates a fleet of 15 premium vessels carrying approximately 850,000 guests on more than 500 cruises annually to all seven continents. Two new 2,650-passenger ships are on order with deliveries scheduled for February 2016 and November 2018.

Holland America-Princess Land Operations operates hotels, rail services, motor coach transportation, shore services and tour operations in Alaska and the Yukon for guests from Holland America Line and Princess Cruises on land tours.

Seabourn’s four intimate, all-suite luxury vessels carry between 458 and 600 guests and sail 197 cruises annually to the world’s most desirable destinations. Our first 600 passenger ship, Seabourn Encore, was delivered in 2016 and a second 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Ovation, is scheduled to be delivered Spring 2018.

P&O Cruises Australia has three ships sailing from Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, to destinations across the Australasia region.

 

Kruse joined Holland America Line in Seattle, Wash., in 1999 as senior vice president, Fleet Operations, with overall responsibility for operations and new builds. In 2003 he was named president and chief operating officer and became chief executive officer on Dec. 1, 2004. In January 2011 he was appointed chairman of Seabourn when the company’s corporate headquarters transitioned from Miami, Fla., to Seattle. He was appointed CEO of the newly formed Holland America Group on Dec. 1, 2013.

Before joining Holland America Line, Kruse was senior vice president and chief financial officer of North American Operations for global Japanese shipping company "K" Line, where he also oversaw financial activities of seven U.S. subsidiaries and served on the Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, and president and CEO of Seven Seas Cruise Line.

Kruse currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Coast Guard Foundation; World Trade Center Seattle; Saltchuk Resources, Inc.; and the University of Washington Foster School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board.

A native of Oslo, Norway, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Kruse, his wife and two children reside in Bellevue, Wash.

Josh Leibowitz

President of Seabourn

Josh Leibowitz serves as President of Seabourn, Carnival Corporation’s ultra-luxury brand. In this role, Josh has overall executive responsibility and leads all business and global operations for the award-winning luxury cruise line. He has held this position since June 2020.

Josh originally joined Seabourn’s parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc, in 2013 as chief strategy officer and was also named senior vice president, Cunard North America in December 2016.

Josh is an avid vacation defender and writes and speaks passionately about the need to take time in life to relax and recharge. Josh has spoken at major conferences including TEDx Coconut Grove, Adobe’s global marketing summit, and multiple travel and trade events and has led extensive consumer and trade research on making the most of vacation time.

Prior to joining Carnival Corporation & plc, he served as managing partner of the Miami office of the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and as a leader in the firm’s work in advanced analytics and sales and marketing.  Josh has worked extensively with leading luxury retailers, travel, and media companies on demand generation, customer experience and growth strategies.  Before McKinsey, he held multiple operating roles. He was a Managing Director at idealab!, an innovation incubator that creates and operates pioneering technology companies, where he successfully led several e-commerce startups. Prior to that, he started and operated a wholesale and retail shoe business in Los Angeles.

Josh received an A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with high Distinction, Baker Scholar. He previously served on the board of directors for Take Stock in Children, a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for deserving low-income students to escape the cycle of poverty through education and on the board of Florida Council of 100, a group of leading Florida-based CEOs advising the sitting governor on economic policy and growth.

Please follow Josh on Twitter at @joshleibowitz. All views are his own.

Chris Austin

Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing

 

Chris Austin is senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line. In this position, he is responsible for the line’s overall marketing efforts, brand management, sales and public relations.

Austin joined Seabourn in January 2017. Prior to that, he spent the past 30 years of his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, most recently serving as vice president of global leisure, luxury & TMC sales, where he was responsible for developing and executing the global strategy and sales, marketing and B2B public relations activities for the leisure, luxury, partnership, airline and TMC channels. During his tenure with Starwood, in addition to his executive roles, he held a number of property-based positions in food and beverage, banqueting and catering, as well as various sales roles.

He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including “Most Innovative Hotel Executive” by U.S. Travel Professionals in the Travvy Awards; “Best Luxury Hotel Executive Worldwide” by readers of Luxury Travel Advisor; and “ASTA Allied Member of the Year” by the world’s largest association of travel professionals.

Austin is passionate about people and results and works tirelessly to uncover innovative sales and marketing strategies that reflect the current global business environment. Known by colleagues and industry partners as a unique and remarkable leader of integrity, he builds trust and credibility with leadership, colleagues and customers. In addition, he empowers and advocates his team to make a positive impact on the organization.

A British national, Austin relocated to Seattle from Miami in 2017 with his partner Alex and their two dogs, Isabella and Sophie.

Please follow Josh on Twitter at @joshleibowitz. All views are his own.

Gerald Mosslinger

Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations & Onboard Revenue

Gerald Mosslinger serves as the senior vice president of Hotel Operations & Onboard Revenue for Seabourn after being promoted to the position in 2019.

In the role, Mosslinger is responsible for the line's overall marine hotel operations, including culinary, guest services and administration, entertainment, the onboard spa, shore excursion programming, pricing and revenue, and onboard sales for Seabourn. He works closely with the purchasing, logistics, fleet operations, and human resources departments to ensure Seabourn’s fleet remains the best in category. Prior to rejoining Seabourn in 2016 as vice president of Hotel Operations, earlier in his career, he spent more than eight years with the brand, both ashore in Miami, Fla., and aboard the line's ships.

In 2017 Gerald was named a Fellow by the Culinary Institute of America. Before assuming his current position, Mosslinger served as vice president, Food and Beverage, for Holland America Line. His professional career includes a stint with Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group based in Los Angeles, where he served as regional vice president. He is passionate about travel, motorsports, and is a firm believer in lifelong learning for both himself and his team. 

Robin West

Vice President of Expedition Operations and Planning

Robin West is Vice President of Expedition Operations and Planning for Seabourn and is responsible for the development and operation of Seabourn’s expedition programming worldwide.

During his time at Seabourn, Robin has developed and operated numerous new and exciting programs for Seabourn. They include the line’s highly acclaimed program in Antarctica, as well as the creation, implementation and roll-out of the line’s extremely successful Ventures by Seabourn, a select series of excursions offering exceptional opportunities to enhance the ways Seabourn guests experience destinations. Ventures by Seabourn has now been launched in Antarctica, Australasia, Amazon, Iceland, Greenland, the British Isles and Northern Europe, and Alaska.

Born and raised in South Africa, Robin could often be found at the ocean or on the rugby pitch. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Port Elizabeth, his love for adventure developed into a career when he became an owner and operator of two outdoor adventure companies.

Robin eventually sought adventure beyond Africa, setting his focus on global expedition travel. With a solid foundation in business and tourism, Robin worked on private super yachts and luxury cruise ships, planning and executing expedition programs that covered all corners of the world over the course of 12 years.

With this broad experience and knowledge of the luxury industry, Robin joined Seabourn in 2014 as Manager of Expedition Operations & Planning, with responsibility for all aspects of expedition operations. When he’s not off exploring the world, Robin now calls The Netherlands home.