By NAN Business Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 20, 2016: Carnival Corporation has named a Caribbean national to a brand new role and function in the company.
Jamaican national Marie McKenzie is now vice-president of global destinations services and sourcing at the world’s largest travel and leisure company.
In this post, McKenzie is leading a team of brand experts who are responsible for geographical regions on behalf of all nine brands, while also maintaining their reporting lines into the leadership structure of their respective brand.
Together, they are coordinating and managing processes and relationships with tour operators and port services officials around the globe to deliver the best possible tour excursion and port experiences for the nearly 11 million guests who sail every year on the company’s 100 ships visiting hundreds of ports across the globe.
In addition, a primary focus for McKenzie is leveraging Carnival Corporation’s collective scale and expertise to continue creating unique and exciting shore excursions and port experiences as part of the company’s goal to consistently exceed guest expectations.
McKenzie, who started her career with Carnival Corporation in 1996, has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility. This included her time with the Carnival Cruise Line brand where she served in various leadership roles, including vice president of fleet accounting where she led a team of nearly 200 people working closely with the shipboard operations team in supporting execution of the overall onboard guest experience.
McKenzie previously served as vice president of global financial planning and analysis at Carnival, where she played an integral part in interpreting and engaging all nine brands to prepare the company’s executive team for the quarterly earnings guidance and position the overall strategy and financial direction of the company. She also led the process of capturing, consolidating and analyzing data from the nine brands as well as the corporation’s annual planning process that was key to the execution of the company’s overall long-term strategy.
McKenzie also serves on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Honey Shine Inc. McKenzie started her career with Arthur Andersen LLP in Washington, D.C., in 1992.
She is a graduate of Howard University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and also attended Florida International University where she earned a master’s degree in international business.