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Well, a bit more information about the future rather than their departures. Here are a couple of extracts from a press statement issued by P&O:

P&O Cruises and Cunard Line today announce a new commercial leadership structure reporting into Gerard Tempest, now six months into his role as chief commercial officer.

Two new marketing director roles have been created, one for P&O Cruises and one for Cunard as well a new insight director position covering both brands. These are in addition to the existing positions of international development director, sales & customer services director and commercial director which serve both brands.

Gerard Tempest said: “This is an exciting time for our brands and this new structure has been designed to deliver the many opportunities ahead of us. As a consequence, and after very careful consideration, the roles of P&O Cruises managing director and Cunard president & managing director will cease to exist and as a result Carol Marlow and Peter Shanks will both be leaving the business at the end of September.”


The recruitment of the insight director and the two marketing directors is already at an advanced stage, and a further announcement will be made shortly.

As a result of these changes David Dingle formally assumes the titles of CEO Cunard Line and CEO P&O Cruises.

So it looks very much as if the separate lines’ independence is being reduced. From now on there will only be two executives (the two marketing directors) working for a specific line – all others (the ‘insight’ manager, international development director, sales & customer service director and commercial director) will work for both lines. Everyone will report to Gerard Tempest, the ‘chief commercial officer’, who in turn reports to David Dingle, CEO of Carnival UK, Cunard Lines and P&O Cruises.
My take is that the lines will from now on just be ‘brands’, and will have little or no independence. And Gerard Tempest is the new power in the land. I wonder how secure David Dingle is feeling?

One Response to “Carol Marlow and Peter Shanks departing: (a bit) more information”

  1. r.Ashmore says:

    so po will become more of an american style,at their peril,d’ont mess with a good brand

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