Carnival Corporation, the world's largest travel and leisure business, announced today from its Miami base that Michael Ungerer will take the reins as chief operations officer of shared services for Carnival Asia, effective Sept. 1, 2015.
Currently president of Germany-based AIDA Cruises, Ungerer will relocate to Shanghai in order to offer direct brand support as well as leverage the company’s presence and impact in Asia.
Ungerer, 49, joined AIDA Cruises in 1997. He will report to Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group, which includes AIDA Cruises and Costa Cruises, and to a China steering committee comprising the Carnival Corporation brands in the region.
Citing the appointment as an important part of the company’s growth strategy in Asia, Chief Operations Officer Alan Buckelew said they have every confidence that Ungerer's leadership will increase growth opportunities for the company, namely in China.
Additionally, longtime AIDA senior executive Felix Eichhorn has been named president of AIDA Cruises. Eichhorn, 35, assumed responsibility for the sales and revenue management of AIDA Cruises and Costa Germany in 2013.
"We ... look forward to adding Felix to our senior leadership team and having him continue the great momentum that AIDA Cruises has established as one of the top cruise lines in the world," Thamm said.
Carnival Corporation & plc operates a 10-brand portfolio in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia), P&O Cruises (UK) and Fathom.
The brands operate a total of 99 ships; Carnival Corporation also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon.