Carnival CEO Arnold Donald is likely asserting himself with these changes, as some of the old guard loses its grip and management gets a refresh. Although Buckelew isn't exactly an insurgent, having been at the top ranks of Princess for almost a decade.
Howard Frank, a 23-year veteran of Carnival Corp. and former CEO and current chairman Micky Arison’s key lieutenant for decades, is stepping aside and into an advisory role, Carnival Corp. announced.
Frank, 71, relinquishes his role as Carnival Corp. vice chairman and chief operating officer, as Alan Buckelew, currently president and CEO of Carnival brand Princess Cruises, takes on a newly created position, chief operations officer, effective December 1, reporting to CEO Arnold Donald.
The shakeup, which includes a couple of additional moves, occurs one month before Carnival Corp. reports its quarterly earnings, the latest financial glimpse that has been extremely challenging for Carnival in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident and the disabling of the Carnival Triumph.
Buckelew takes up his new role on December 1, a day before Carnival reports its quarterly earnings.
In additiion to the moves involving Frank and Buckelew, Carnival named Jan Swartz as president of Princess Cruises, effective December 1, replacing Buckelew, and Carnival appointed Stein Kruse, currently president and CEO of Holland America Line, as CEO of the Holland America Group.
Photo credit: Carnival cruise ship, Carnival Triumph, is seen in this undated handout picture provided by Carnival Cruise Lines. Carnival Cruise Lines