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Robertson leaves Air NZ to join cruise

FORMER Air New Zealand Country Manager for Australia, Kathryn Robertson, has swapped the skies for the seas, leaving the aviation sector to take on a newly created role as Chief Commercial Officer for Carnival Australia.

Robertson will commence the new role in November, reporting to Carnival President, Marguerite Fitzgerald. She will oversee the commercial strategy across Carnival’s eight distinctive cruise brands, including marketing, direct and indirect sales and digital capability “with the intent to drive business performance, growth and market share”.

Kathryn Robertson will take up the role of Chief Commercial Officer for Carnival Australia

Fitzgerald said Robertson’s new role was part of wider restructure of the Carnival Australia team – a result of the organisation’s “ambitious goals to rebuild and grow the business” as cruising resumes in Australia and New Zealand.

Robertson spent more than 15 years with the Kiwi flag carrier in roles based in London and North America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. She was most recently worked from Auckland as Air NZ’s Group General Manager of Sales.

“Kathryn has achieved so much during her time with the airline,” said Air NZ Chief Sales and Customer Officer, Leanne Geraghty, penned in a letter to stakeholders.

“She is an accomplished and highly experienced aviation professional and has been integral in leading and supporting our global sales teams and their efforts as we’ve worked to navigate our way through these challenging past few years.”

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