Respected cruise industry
executive Pamela C. Conover has been named president and chief executive
officer of Seabourn Cruise Line, the Miami-based, ultra luxury brand owned
by Carnival CorporationIn her new role,
she will report to Carnival vice chairman Howard Frank.
Conover, who was assigned as acting president of Seabourn after the
company’s late president Deborah L. Natansohn suffered a heart attack on
October 22, was most recently senior vice president of shared services at
Carnival Corporation, where, among other duties, her market research and
strategic analysis resulted in an order for two new ships for Seabourn.
“I am extremely gratified to be offered the helm at Seabourn at this
exciting juncture,” said Conover. “Seabourn’s two new, state-of-the-art
ships will represent the next evolution of the ultra luxury segment, and
except for the tragic circumstances I couldn’t be happier about returning.”
Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation & plc, said, “Pam brings
a wealth of experience to Seabourn and I am confident that she will
continue Debbie Natansohn’s record of making Seabourn the best luxury brand
in the cruise industry.”
Conover has a previous operating history with the Seabourn brand,
having been president and chief operating officer of Cunard Line Limited,
which operated the fleets of both Seabourn and Cunard, from 2001 until the
two brands were de-merged in 2004. In that role, she oversaw the building
and launch of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and the strategic restructuring and re-
branding of Seabourn’s three-ship fleet.
According to Frank, “Pam has consistently delivered for us in a number
of executive roles. Her experience at expanding a luxury brand and her
skilled advocacy of customers, employees and travel agency partners ensures
the success of Seabourn’s plan for growth in the luxury segment.”
The role at Seabourn is Conover’s third cruise line presidency. In
1994, she served as president and chief executive officer of Epirotiki
Line, based in Athens, Greece, until she was recruited to join Carnival
Corporation as vice president of strategic planning. At Carnival, she
engineered the acquisition of assets including Seabourn, Cunard and Costa
Cruises as a part of the corporate development strategy of the largest and
most successful cruise vacation group in the world.
As general manager of North American shipping finance division of
Citibank, Conover played a vital role in the development of the North
American cruise business through her efforts in assisting Carnival
companies and a number of other cruise lines with financing fleet
expansion. Her first exposure to the sea came when her family lived in
Thailand, her birthplace. Conover’s father worked for a British trading
company there and she was brought up seeing, and sometimes visiting, all
kinds of vessels from around the world. Later her family moved to Albury, a
small village southwest of London, where she was educated.
Conover lives in Key Biscayne, Florida, with her husband, Ray Lutz,
himself a former travel industry executive.