In a surprising turn, Marguerite Fitzgerald, the esteemed President of P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia, has stepped down from her coveted role, citing personal and family reasons for the departure.
With an illustrious history with Carnival Corporation, Fitzgerald’s association extends for several years. Before taking the helm as President, she collaborated with multiple Carnival brands during her tenure with the renowned Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The opportunity to return to Australia and lead P&O Cruises and Carnival Australia was an offer she couldn’t refuse, and it marked her homecoming along with her family.
Under Fitzgerald’s visionary leadership, the company witnessed the triumphant return of cruising in the Australian region after facing numerous challenges. According to industry data, the cruise sector faced significant downturns globally, with a decline of nearly 50% in passenger numbers in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, under Fitzgerald’s guidance, the Australian industry has showcased a resilient bounce-back, reinstating the country as a hotspot for cruise aficionados.
A spokesperson from Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia remarked, “Marguerite’s profound impact in rejuvenating the industry’s confidence and ensuring stability is unparalleled. We deeply value her immense contribution and extend our heartfelt wishes for her forthcoming ventures.”
As the industry and enthusiasts reel from this announcement, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, Guest Experience, Peter Little, is slated to fill the void as the interim leader. Peter is no stranger to leadership roles within the corporation, having served in prominent positions in Australia and the UK. He will report directly to Christine Duffy, the President of Carnival Cruise Line, ensuring a smooth transitional phase for the corporation.