Press Release Source: Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises Names Vice President, Marine Operations
Monday April 12, 3:24 pm ET

MIAMI, April 12 --Celebrity Cruises today named international shipping executive John Krousouloudis vice president of Marine Operations. He will oversee all nautical and technical operations as well as safety and environment issues for Celebrity's award-winning fleet of 10 ships. He will report to Dietmar Wertanzl, Celebrity's senior vice president of Fleet Operations.

Krousouloudis, 50, brings to Celebrity 28 years of shipping and business experience in Europe and the United States, including 17 years as an engineer and systems manager with Exxon Corporation in Houston, Texas. Prior to that, he served as group vice president in Greece and England for ABS Group (American Bureau of Shipping), a risk consulting, engineering and management systems company.

In 1999, Krousouloudis became chief operating officer and general manager of AVIN International, a Greek operator of 32 oil tankers trading worldwide. He improved acceptance of fleet vessels by major oil companies by raising the level of service through new management systems and performance criteria, introduced effective cost controls and obtained environmental certifications.

Krousouloudis returned to Houston in 2003 as president of Athenian Energy, serving major oil clients such as ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco. "We are extremely pleased to have John join the Celebrity team," said Wertanzl. "With AVIN, he demonstrated great capabilities in managing a fleet on a global scale and creating a company culture that provided superior service while controlling costs. This makes him a great fit for Celebrity in our quest to be recognized as the undisputed leader in the premium cruise category."

Krousouloudis earned a B.E. in naval architecture from the State University of New York / Maritime College, and an M.B.A. in transportation from Michigan State University. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1981-88). He is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest-rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails in the Arctic, Alaska, Antarctic, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at