Dwayne Warner has been named promoted to vice president and chief information officer for Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. He will be responsible for overseeing all of Carnival’s technology systems and leading the information technology organization. He joined Carnival in 1986 as a financial systems programmer/analyst. He held multiple information systems management positions and was named vice president, strategic automation, in 2000. Before joining Carnival, he spent four years in the United States Air Force, stationed at Gunter Air Force Station in Alabama, where he participated on the design and development of various military IT systems.
Carol Finklehoffe and Robert Peltz have joined Leesfield & Partners, P.A. as partners in the firm. Both attorneys will focus on maritime litigation and cruise ship liability matters.
Finklehoffe is an active trial attorney in state and federal courts throughout Florida. The main concentration of her practice is in complex personal injury, wrongful death, and sexual assault and harassment claims on commercial and private vessels. She also is a trained Civil Circuit Court mediator.
Peltz has more than three decades experience as a trial attorney focusing on maritime law and general tort liability in various fields, including products liability and professional negligence. He is chairman of the nationwide Maritime Law Association’s Passenger and Cruise Ship Committee. He was president of the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association and the Florida Maritime Law Association.
Laura Blanco has been promoted to director of sales at Cruise Planners/American Express, a home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry headquartered in Coral Springs. She will assist the company's 700 plus franchise owners around the country with effective business solutions for sales and business growth. She joined the company's home Office team in April 2010 and was serving as manager of the tour department before the promotion. Before joining the company, she was business development manager for Costa Cruise Lines and Sandals and Beaches Resorts.
Jeanna Steele has been named vice president of operations at Landry & Kling, a company specializing in cruise events and meetings at sea. She will oversee all aspects of the company's cruise program operations by providing leadership to the operations staff, while managing client and vendor relationships. Before joining the company full time, she helped plan and operate 20 events on cruise ships, including 14 full-ship charters. During her years as an independent meeting planner, Landry & Kling engaged her as operations team leader overseeing three dockside ship charters for the 2009 Summit of the Americas and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Trinidad and Tobago.
Kevin D. Richeson has been named vice president, shipboard human resources at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. In this newly created position, he will have overall responsibility for the integration and management of core human resource functions for shipboard hotel and non-officer deck and engine crew. He also will develop compensation and career development in collaboration with CCL’s sister lines and corporate human resources and manage crew-recruiting activities overseas. Richeson comes to Carnival after a 21-year career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, where he rose to vice president for global human resources operations.
Martin Landtman has been named senior vice president, marine operations at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. He will oversee all aspects of marine operations for the line’s 22-vessel fleet and will be reporting to Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president of ship operations. Landtman replaces Brendan Corrigan, who is retiring after 33 years with Carnival but will remain with the company during the transition process. Landtman spent two years as president of Aker Yards/STX Finland, Inc., one of the world’s largest shipbuilders, and five years as senior vice president at Teollisuuden Voima Oy (TVO), a privately owned electric company in Finland.
Roy Grimsland has more than 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing management in the travel industry and has held senior sales and marketing positions with Paul Gauguin Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Cruise Lines and Capella Hotels.
MSC Cruises has promoted Nicola Gargiulo to executive vice president, a newly-created position. Garguilo has worked for MSC Cruises for eight years. Most recently, Gargiulo was responsible for North American revenue.
Terri Burke, senior vice president of relationship marketing for Cruise Planners/American Express, a home-based travel agent franchise network headquartered in Coral Springs, has been appointed to the Cruise Lines International Association Travel Agent Advisory Board.
Cruise Planners/American Express, a home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry based in Coral Springs, has named Brian Shultz w/art as director of information technology and Beth Cohen as director of sales. Most recently, Shultz was director of operations for MVI Solutions. Previously Cohen was part of the pre-opening team for The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.