Carnival UK appoints Gerard Tempest in new Chief Commercial Officer role

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Gerard Tempest has been appointed in the new role of chief commercial officer for Carnival UK. Tempest will report to David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK, and will be responsible for all commercial and marketing activities for its two UK based brands, P&O Cruises and Cunard Line.

Tempest, who will begin at Carnival UK in early December, is currently sales and marketing director of Whitbread’s Hotels and Restaurants division. Alongside other divisional duties, he is responsible for the highly successful Premier Inn brand which has seen impressive growth and business performance in recent years.

Commercial director Nigel Esdale, managing director P&O Cruises Carol Marlow and president and managing director Cunard Line Peter Shanks will report into Tempest in the new structure.

David Dingle commented, ‘Gerard brings with him a very impressive track record and has over 20 years’ experience of the hospitality industry in senior commercial and marketing positions, having worked on a number of successful UK and international brands including Marriott and Thistle Hotels. We are delighted to welcome him to Carnival UK.’

Tempest lives in Surrey with his wife and two daughters.


About Carnival UK

Carnival UK comprises P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard Line, the UK’s most popular cruise lines.

P&O Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 and today, as trusted cruise experts, has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes, combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time they travel (see the P&O Cruises fleet here).

For over a century and a half, the iconic ships of Cunard have been defining sophisticated ocean travel. The most famous ocean liners in the world, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, carry guests across the great oceans and to the far points of the globe in unparalleled style.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service.

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Michele Andjel, 023 8065 6653 / 07730 732 072

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