Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has received honours for the diversity of its boardroom from the Women’s Forum of New York during its fifth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions in New York City. The event, which aims to promote greater diversity in leadership, recognises S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies that have achieved 30% or greater female representation on their corporate boards.
In 2017, Norwegian appointed its first female director to its board, Stella David, former CEO of William Grant & Sons. In 2018, retired US Coast Guard Rear Admiral, Mary Landry, and Pamela Thomas-Graham, founder and CEO of Dandelion Chandelier, were appointed as new directors to the company’s board.
“Our board is committed to seeking out directors and management leadership with diverse backgrounds,” said Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. “We have actively recruited women and members of minority groups to where today our board is comprised of 30% women and 60% members with diverse backgrounds. The breadth of talent and experience of our board of directors provides our company with varied perspectives that are invaluable in today’s dynamic global business environment.”
Founded in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is an invitation-only organisation of female leaders, with more than 500 members across all professional sectors, from finance to fine arts. The organisation is dedicated to the advancement of women’s leadership through personal and professional enrichment programme The Education Fund, which supports women facing extreme adversity in pursuing their education, and through the Corporate Board Initiative, which supports growth in the number of women leaders participating in corporate boards. The Women’s Forum of New York is the flagship of the International Women’s Forum, a global organisation of more than 6,500 outstanding women leaders in more than 74 forums around the world.
“As an organisation of top women leaders, the Women’s Forum of New York salutes the 2019 Corporate Champions that are raising the bar for female board representation by actively seeking more women directors,” said Janice Ellig, CEO of the Ellig Group and chair and founder of the Breakfast of Corporate Champions. “We salute these game-changing CEOs for accelerating the pace towards gender-balanced boardrooms and inspiring others to follow.”