Carnival Corporation President Australia Marguerite Fitzgerald has resigned from her position with the company due to family reasons, a spokesperson confirmed.
Fitzgerald returned to Australia from the United States to take the role in January 2022, and helped successfully lead the return of the country’s cruise industry with Carnival.
“We would like to thank Marguerite for her significant contribution in restoring confidence and certainty in the industry and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours,” the spokesperson said.
Fitzgerald said restarting a company and an industry from scratch takes a massive amount of effort, which Carnival led from the coalface.
“I am extremely proud of the Carnival Australia and P&O teams for what they have achieved, under what has often been unfair scrutiny from the media and the government,” she said.
“It is time for me to take a breath and focus in on the most important people in my life.”
P&O Cruises Australia Senior Vice President Guest Experience Peter Little will serve as interim leader to guide the company through the transition in leadership.
Little has vast experience with Carnival, having served in a number of leadership positions in Australia and the United Kingdom during his tenure with the company.