Haimark Names Hans Rood President
Haimark has named experienced cruise executive Hans Rood president to oversee its fast-growing small-ship and river cruise brands.
Rood most recently served as executive vice president-commercial for FleetPro Passenger Ship Management, an independent operator of cruise and river ships, and before that was president of Hurtigruten.
“Hans has served in key executive management positions at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Cunard/Seabourn, Holland America, Hurtigruten, and FleetPro passenger ship management,” said Tom Markwell, managing partner-sales and marketing for Haimark. “His strong management, travel industry and cruise orientation, coupled with his award-winning development of sales strategies, branding and global sales and marketing efforts, make him uniquely suited to ensure the rapid growth of our distinctive Haimark river and ocean cruise programs in the Far East, Amazon, Great Lakes and Central and South America.”
Haimark’s fleet has nine river and ocean ships that accommodate 24 to 210 guests, including several that will debut this year. Haimark Line, which operates soft adventure luxury coastal cruising in North, Central and South America, will launch the 105-cabin Saint Laurent on May 30.
Sister company Haimark Ltd., which operates all-suite luxury river cruises, will launch the Mekong Princess in September for seven-night itineraries in Cambodia and Vietnam. The spa-focused ship will have just 12 suites, spa cuisine, daily morning yoga and tai chi, spa experiences and active daily excursions. In October, Haimark Ltd. will launch the 44-guest Amazon Discovery for six-night voyages on the Peruvian Amazon.
During his diverse career, Rood has lived in London, Oslo, New York and Miami. Born and raised in The Netherlands, Hans earned a master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam as well as an MBA from New York University and is fluent in several languages.
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