Carnival Corporation has announced the appointment of Heidi Barker as vice president of corporate communications in the ethics and compliance department, starting in March 2020. Barker will be based at the company’s headquarters in Miami, Florida, and report to Carnival Corporation’s chief ethics and compliance officer, Peter Anderson.
Barker joins a company-wide team that was formed in 2019 to ensure compliance with legal and statutory requirements and promote ethical principles inside Carnival Corporation and across its nine global cruise line brands.
In this newly created position, Barker will lead all ethics and compliance communications for Carnival Corporation, including the key focus areas of health, environment, safety, security, culture and training. She will coordinate compliance-related communications across the organisation, working closely with Roger Frizzell, the corporation’s chief communications officer, and the compliance and communications teams within the company’s nine cruise brands.
Barker will also oversee communications for Operation Oceans Alive, Carnival Corporation’s environmental commitment and stewardship programme, officially launched in 2018.
“With over 150,000 dedicated employees representing nearly 150 countries, it is imperative that we effectively communicate and work together to execute our commitment to safety, environmental protection and overall compliance across our nine global cruise line brands,” said Anderson. “We need to reach the hearts and minds of all stakeholders, and Heidi brings valuable experience and insights to Carnival Corporation from decades of communications and journalism work that will support our effort to build a world-class, enduring culture of compliance. We look forward to her playing a critical role in our mission to do the right things, in the right ways and for the right reasons.”
Barker has more than 25 years of experience and senior leadership in corporate communications and broadcast journalism. Most recently, she served as the chief communications officer at Cleveland Avenue, a food and beverage venture capital and consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois.
Prior to that, Barker was vice president of global media relations and issues management for McDonald’s Corporation, advising C-suite executives on brand-impacting issues, and leading a team responsible for boosting and protecting the company’s corporate reputation with influential journalists and stakeholders across a broad spectrum of media and social channels.
Before joining McDonald’s, Barker spent 10 years as a producer for NBC News, including two years as a rotational senior producer for NBC Nightly News. Barker began her career in broadcast journalism, working as an anchor/reporter/producer for ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates, where she honed her media skills and gained valuable experience in crisis and issues management.
Barker graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has earned two Emmy nominations and several Edward R. Murrow Awards, among other journalism awards. She currently serves as an emeritus member on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago, and is a former advisor to ColorComm Network, a professional organisation focused on advancing the visibility of women of colour in communications.
Along with the announcement of Barker’s appointment, Carnival Corporation also announced changes in the Health, Environmental, Safety and Security (HESS) committees, with Debra Kelly-Ennis resigning from her position as a director of Carnival Corporation and Carnival, including her role as a member of HESS. The boards also approved changes to the composition of the Audit, Compensation and HESS committees, effective 1 February 2020, with Helen Deeble to join the Compensation committees and Katie Lahey to step down from the Audit committees and join the HESS committees.