Wednesday 12 June 2024

PONANT taps Deb Corbett for CEO Asia Pacific

#expeditioncruising .

PONANT has announced a number of changes to the Asia Pacific team, with Deb Corbett appointed to the position of CEO APAC. After seven years with PONANT and 30 years in the industry, Corbett is perfectly placed to take on the key role in the Asia Pacific region.

Deb Corbett will be ably assisted by the experienced PONANT management team, including Maxime Farrenq, who has been appointed COO; Julie Rogers, Director of Sales and whose sales portfolio has been extended to include Japan and Hong Kong; David Marionneau who has been appointed to the new role of Director of Maritime Operations; Charles Boutet, Director of Marketing & Communications; Mick Fogg, Director of Expedition & Destination Development; and Helene Delgado, Customer Engagement Director.

In her role as Global Senior Strategic Advisor and Honorary Chairwoman, Sarina Bratton will continue to advise the APAC team with a focus on developing the PASPALEY PEARL by PONANT business and start-up operations.

Deb Corbett and the team will manage the overall PONANT Group business, with Deb reporting to Deputy CEO Global Business, Belinda Hindmarsh.

Bratton commented that “PONANT is fortunate to have such high calibre executives to manage the APAC region and it is with great delight that Deb Corbett is appointed to the CEO role. Her business experience, professionalism, and industry knowledge will ensure our growth plans are in good hands.”

The CEO APAC position has become available following the decision by Chris Hall to leave the company at the end of June. Hall has been based in the PONANT Headquarters in Marseille since October 2023 in his capacity as Special Advisor. He leaves the company to spend time in Europe and will return to Australia in October.

“Chris has been instrumental in the transformation of the business as we focus on our growth across multiple markets, with a priority given to technology, distribution and product development. I wish Chris all the best in his future endeavours,” Hindmarsh said.


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