MIAMI (January 18, 2023) – Starboard Cruise Services, a LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company and leading global retailer at sea, initiated the new year with the promotions of Lisa Kauffman, now Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, and Mike Turek, now Chief Data Analytics Officer. Designed to accelerate future growth, innovation and enrich Starboard’s delivery of exceptional guest experiences, the transition went into effect January 1, 2023.
“With a strengthened leadership team comes a refreshed approach to providing our cruise line partners innovative and profitable retail concepts that ultimately translate into unparalleled vacation retail experiences that delight our cruise guests,” states Lisa Bauer, President and CEO. “Between Lisa and Mike, there are more than 55 years of experience in business strategy, marketing and sales. These strategic infrastructure changes will drive Starboard’s profitable growth, expanding our capabilities in 2023 and beyond.”
Appointment of Lisa Kauffman as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Ms. Kauffman, formerly the Chief Marketing Officer, will be taking on the new role of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. Ms. Kauffman was the ideal candidate to leverage the power of Starboard’s shoreside and shipboard teams. Under this newly created role, she brings together the transformational work the company has begun across account team management; sales; marketing; digital and visual merchandising across the world.
Appointment of Mike Turek as Chief Data Analytics Officer
Mr. Turek, formerly the Chief Commercial Officer, will transition to the role of Chief Data Analytics Officer. In this capacity, he will oversee the business intelligence team and information technology department to take Starboard’s roadmap of data optimization, automation, process improvement and business effectiveness to the next level.
The new structural model and Mr. Turek’s appointment was modeled after other LVMH Maisons who have unleashed the real power of data to play a critical role in continuously improving customer experience and solving today’s biggest challenges at scale.
About Starboard Cruise Services
Starboard Cruise Services, the world’s leading luxury vacation retailer at sea, curates a vibrant world through the finest offering of coveted brands and experiences, creating moments that matter for global cruise vacationers. Starboard proudly goes above and beyond, managing retail operations for ten world-class cruise line partners including Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Resorts World Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea and The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. The company is part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, commonly known as LVMH, the world’s leading luxury provider. For more than 60 years, Starboard has been consistently recognized for excellence by the travel retail industry with numerous awards, including DFNI-Frontier Americas Travel Retailer of the Year; Asia/Pacific Cruise Retailer of the Year; Global Cruise Retailer of the Year; and Exceptional Achievement by a Cruise Retailer. The company is headquartered in Miami and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Genoa, Italy.
Maureen Gonzalez | FINN Partners
(954) 368-9809 | Maureen.Gonzalez@FinnPartners.com
Paula Amador | Starboard Cruise Services
(786) 845-7524 | Paula.Amador@starboardcruise.com