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NOTE: This is the 2018 schedule for reference only. The 2019 schedule will be released later this year.

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Shipbuilding, Talent Acquisition and Sourcing – Keeping Up with Record Growth

Location: Palm Ballroom B
Pass Type: VIP All Access Pass, Conference Pass, Cruise Line Pass, Speaker Pass - Get your pass now!
Session Type: Conference Session
Sectors: Design & Ship Interiors, Food & Beverage, Hotel Operations, Retail / Retail Services, Ship Equipment, Shipyards, Shipbuilding & Refurbishment, Wellness, Ship Services
Recording: TBD

Sponsored by Century Ship Service

In this three-part discussion, we address how the industry is managing the delivery of a record order book and laser focused on the latest shipbuilding advancements, talent acquisition and sourcing to support record growth.

Part I - Latest Shipbuilding and Design Advancements

With passenger numbers rising steadily year over year, the global cruise industry is a bright spot in the shipping market. During this session, hear from leading shipbuilders, financiers, lawyers, and designers on the latest developments impacting the order book, shipbuilding trends and much more!


Carl-Gustaf Rotkirch, M.Sc. (Nav.Arch), Senior Executive Consultant, Owner, CGR Marine Consulting

Fredrik Johansson, MA - Owner / Executive Project Director, Tillberg Design of Sweden
William MacLachlan, Senior Associate, HFW

Hugo Modderman, General Manager, Dolfinance Sarl

Part II – Talent Acquisition Strategies to Meet Unprecedented Industry Growth


The Answer to the Cruise Industry’s Crew Recruitment and Retention Problems - Effective, Proactive and Strategic Human Resource Management

• Dualistic nature of the business calling for a dualistic approach to HRM
• Strategic HRM as a partner to corporate strategy
• Retention focus – training, benefits, career progression, leadership/succession planning, communications
• Different horses for different courses – on board diversity and recognizing differing needs
• Identification and teamwork
• Effective management and modern working environment

Mark O’Neil, CEO, Columbia Marlow Shipmanagement


Talent Acquisition Strategies to Meet Unprecedented Industry Growth

Orlando draws on his extensive human capital experience to share key insights for attracting talent in this ultra-competitive environment.

Orlando Ashford, President, Holland America Line

Part III -The Role of Strategic Sourcing- A Different Perspective


Strategic sourcing is both an art and a science and requires thought leadership as well as strong operational execution. Hear the latest trends in strategic sourcing and ways companies are working with partners to deliver value through high quality services and products, on time to the most important person in the equation – our guests.

Julia M. Brown, Chief Procurement Officer, Carnival Corporation & PLC

Reception follows session in the Palm Ballroom foyer.