Carnival Corp. Announces Port and Destinations Executive Changes

Carnival Corporation has announced that Renata Ribeiro, senior vice president strategic operations, will additionally assume the responsibilities for the company’s global port and destination development operations, effective June 1. Giora Israel, who has led global port and destination development for 14 years, will transition to a new role as senior advisor to the company. Israel will remain active in providing strategic policy and operational guidance to Ribeiro and the leadership team.

Throughout the years, Carnival Corporation has made significant investments in approximately 40 port projects worldwide. Ribeiro takes over responsibility for managing worldwide port and destination strategic opportunities for the line and its nine brands. She will be leading a global team focused on building and maintaining partnerships with local ports, governments, businesses and communities to help cultivate destination and itinerary options popular with cruise guests.

A 14-year veteran of Carnival Corporation, for the past two years Ribeiro has been senior vice president overseeing operations strategy for the corporation, managing strategic business transformation and operational initiatives. During that time, Ribeiro played a pivotal leadership role in the operational restart of the company’s cruise line brands after an extended pandemic-related pause. Ribeiro, according to Carnival, was instrumental in re-establishing access to key global ports, including helping Carnival Corporation and its brands navigate complex travel bans and protocols worldwide. She has also been leading efforts to optimize the global bandwidth connectivity footprint for the corporation’s fleet around the world. 

“Renata has the perfect combination of global operations experience and strategic management consulting expertise, making her the ideal leader to continue advancing our involvement in ports and destinations, including many of the more than 700 ports worldwide we already visit,” said Josh Weinstein, chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation.

As Ribeiro takes the helm of global port and destination development, her predecessor Israel will transition into his new role as a senior advisor for the company to provide strategic policy and operational insights to leadership, and support to Ribeiro in her new role.

“Giora is a true industry legend who has been at the forefront of shaping and innovating cruising for more than three decades, which has played a key role in cruising becoming one of the world’s most popular vacation options,” said Weinstein. “His impact is most broadly felt in his tremendous body of work during his remarkable 30-year career with Carnival Corporation, particularly in his leadership developing and expanding ports and destinations around the globe. While Giora is stepping away from day-to-day port and destination development, we are very fortunate to have access to his tremendous expertise and knowledge as he takes on his new senior advisor role with Carnival Corporation.”

Israel was the driving force behind some of the company’s key cruise port projects and developments, including Long Beach Cruise Terminal, Cozumel Cruise Terminal, Grand Turk Cruise Center, Mahogany Bay, Amber Cove and the HELIX cruise center in Barcelona, besides the new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal, the first dedicated twin-terminal cruise port in the region.

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