Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has announced two new appointments to its board of directors, Roberto Martinoli and Jay Witzel.
"At the beginning of 2010, Silversea began a process to strengthen its board of directors with the objective of being aligned with the requirements of structured and professional corporate governance seen today in most major companies of international repute," said Enzo Visone, executive chairman of Silversea.
Italian Roberto Martinoli is a naval architect and marine engineer by training, and is considered today as one of the major experts within the cruise industry, in particular in the field of fleet operations. Today he is at the helm of a major Italian ferry company, Grandi Navi Veloci, and was previously president of Norwegian Cruise Line based in Miami as well as holding senior positions within the Carnival Group.
Jay Witzel, an American, has had a lengthy and successful career in the hotel and cruise industries, having been president and CEO of both Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Carlson Cruises, the previous owner of Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The remaining members of the board remain unchanged, bringing the total to five, with Giorgio Scelsi, Enzo Visone and of course Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio, chairman of Silversea Cruise Group, owning entity of Silversea Cruise Holding and representative of the ultimate owners, the Lefebvre family trusts.