Celebrity Cruises CEO recognised for diversity initiatives

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Celebrity Cruises president and CEO, Lissa Lutoff-Perlo, has earned a Val-Kill medal award from the Eleanor Roosevelt Center in recognition of her work on diversity in the company.

As the first and only woman to lead one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise line brands, Lutoff-Perlo was also responsible for hiring the industry’s first American female captain of a cruise ship. She is described by the Eleanor Roosevelt Center as a “smart disruptor” for her contributions to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion at the company and through her work with regional, philanthropic womens’ organisations, in which she takes a leadership role.

Lutoff-Perlo became president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises in December 2014. She previously held roles as senior vice president of hotel operations at Celebrity Cruises, and vice president of operations for Royal Caribbean International. She worked for Royal Caribbean International for nearly three decades.

The other medal recipients named this year were Clinton Foundation vice chair, Chelsea Clinton, philanthropists John W Golden Jr and Gloria Kidd Golden, and journalist and humanitarian activist Zainab Salbi.

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