MIAMI, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest leisure travel company, today announced that CEO Arnold Donald, chief procurement officer Julia Brown and Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford have been named among the “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. The magazine – a premier business publication for African Americans – annually compiles an exclusive listing of talented leaders from the top 1,000 publicly traded companies and international corporations with gross revenues of at least $1 billion who have had a significant influence in their company and industry.
Donald, Brown and Ashford were selected from a list of the highest-ranking leaders who have significantly contributed to their company’s growth and success.
As Donald approaches his five-year anniversary in 2018 as CEO of the world’s largest leisure travel company, Carnival Corporation has delivered an exceptional financial performance while continuing its relentless focus on consistently exceeding guest expectations. In this time, the company’s market cap has grown from roughly $27 billion in 2013 to over $48.2 billion as of late November 2017, an increase of about 75 percent.
In addition, Carnival Corporation has expanded innovation in all areas of its business and achieved significant growth, including doubling its adjusted earnings since 2013 and recording the most profitable year in its history in 2016. Donald also recently topped the 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List and was named a 2017 Catalyst CEO Champion for Change, recognizing his leadership and commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
With over 25 years of leadership and global procurement experience, Brown oversees global strategic sourcing and supplier relationship management as chief procurement officer of Carnival Corporation. With over 33,000 suppliers globally, she works closely with the company’s nine cruise line brands and their leadership teams to strategically procure goods and services to further strengthen the company’s supplier relationships and leverage its global scale.
Brown is on the board for the Executive Leadership Council. She also serves on the board of the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. She has been named as one of the top 100 most “Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy Magazine, the top “100 Women to Watch” by Today’s Chicago Woman and the “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Black Enterprise magazine.
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