PEMBROKE PINES, FL (April 23, 2010) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is proud to announce today that the FCCA Executive Committee has named Kevin Sheehan as Chairman of its Executive Committee. Sheehan, who is also Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line, replaces Micky Arison, Chairman of Carnival Corp., who steps down from the FCCA Chairman’s post following 10 years of distinguished service. The FCCA is the cruise industry’s primary association and liaison for legislation, tourism development, ports, safety and security across the Caribbean and Latin America.
“I certainly have very big shoes to fill given the incredible job Micky Arison has done as Chairman,” said Sheehan. “With the strong leadership of FCCA President Michelle Paige and Micky’s stewardship, the FCCA has been successful in bringing cruise lines together with governments, ports and various private/public sector representatives. I am honored to take on this role and look forward to working with all the cruise lines and partners.”
Sheehan added he is also excited to assume the Chairman’s position in time to preside at the FCCA’s 17th annual Cruise Conference and Trade Show in October and is also excited to work with the FCCA on all its programs and events, specially working directly with all FCCA Platinum/Associate Members. “I see this as a great opportunity to continue to foster the ongoing relationships that the FCCA has and I hope to develop new partnerships on behalf of the cruise industry,” added Sheehan.
Sheehan, who assumes his new post immediately, joined Norwegian in November 2007 as Chief Financial Officer, taking the helm as CEO in 2008. Before joining Norwegian, he served as Chairman and CEO of Cendant Corp.’s Vehicle Services Division. Prior to joining Cendant Sheehan served in leadership positions at STT Video Partners LLP and Telemundo Group, Inc. He also spent two and a half years consulting to private equity firms and lecturing at New York’s Adelphi University as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Economics. Sheehan is a graduate of Hunter College, and the New York University Graduate School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.