Atlas Ocean Voyages Expands North America Sales Team

Atlas Ocean Voyages has expanded its North American sales team, reinforcing a commitment to travel advisors and partners across the continent. The strategic expansion of the sales team aligns with the line’s goal to establish a strong foundation for growth. Cathy Kusuma has been named vice president of sales and will spearhead the sales team in the field and Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Her role is to support travel advisors and partners to grow their knowledge of Atlas’ expeditions and boost sales.

Kusuma has set clear objectives, emphasizing the need to increase awareness and visibility of Atlas Ocean Voyages. The newly expanded “Key Account Partner Program” will lead the team’s strategic initiatives for key partners. Additionally, the team will prioritize outreach programs to establish deeper connections with travel partners.

Key hires and promotions are as follows:

  • Nikki Shanley, appointed senior director of sales, Northwest U.S. and key accounts, is based in northern California and focuses on key accounts in the western U.S. territory. With extensive experience in national accounts and strategic partnerships, Shanley’s territory covers North California, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Western Canada.
  • Oya Bekisoglu assumes the role of senior director, South Central U.S. and key accounts and is based in Texas. Her territory encompasses Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. She will also support several key accounts in the Central and Eastern regions. Bekisoglu returns to Atlas Ocean Voyages with 25-plus years of industry experience, including a background in air.
  • Andres “Andy” Fuentes, the new regional sales director, Southeastern U.S., will focus on states including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Fuentes brings 18-plus years of cruise industry expertise to his role, having worked with Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Scenic Cruises USA. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

These strategic additions and promotions in the North American sales team underscore the line’s dedication to enhancing its services and furthering its reach within the travel advisor community. Future growth plans also include the expansion of sales outreach globally, including Canada and the U.K.

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