Holland America Line has promoted Cyril Tatar to vice president, newbuilding and Seabourn technical operations. In this role, he will be the principal liaison to the shipyards for design and coordination of current and future newbuilds for both the Holland America Line and Seabourn fleets, including the Holland America Line Pinnacle Class ship due for delivery in February 2016. Additionally, Tatar will continue to lead technical support and services for Seabourn.
Tatar will report to Dan Grausz, executive vice president, fleet operations.
“In his new role, Cyril will bring a high level of professionalism to our newbuilding programs that will ensure that the next generation of Holland America Line and Seabourn ships are superior in all respects,” said Grausz. “Cyril already is very familiar with the newbuilding projects, and we know he will keep Seabourn fleet’s technical operations up to the high standard that he and his staff already have set.”
Most recently Tatar was director, technical operations for Seabourn. He joined Holland America Line in 2004 as a contractor on the Signature of Excellence retrofit team, and in October 2006 he was employed as a technical operations manager, continuing work on various large retrofit projects. In 2008, Tatar was put in charge of all of the Signature of Excellence retrofits as deputy director, where he spent time at the shipyards ensuring the projects were completed on time and within budget.
He has also served as project manager consultant for Cunard Line where he worked on the Queen Elizabeth 2, and as a consultant to Windstar Cruises prior to its sale by Carnival Corporation. His career also includes stints at Alstom Marine and Chantiers de L'Atlantique – where he served as a design engineer as well as a project engineer for Celebrity Cruises, Festival Cruises, Renaissance Cruises, Princess Cruises and Cunard Line.
Tatar holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Science and a Master of Science in Engineering from the Université de Nantes. He also studied naval architecture and marine engineering at Ecole d'Architecture de Nantes, and financial operations and logistics support command at French National Military Academy of Saint-Cyr.