Jo Rzymowska to leave Celebrity Cruises

By Linsey McNeill
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One of the best known faces in the travel industry, Jo Rzymowska, is to step down from her role as Celebrity Cruises’ EMEA Vice-President and Managing Director.

Jo has announced she will leave Celebrity next June.

She has been working for the cruise line’s parent company Royal Caribbean Group since 2005, when she joined as Sales and Marketing Director.

Jo joined the group’s Celebrity brand in 2015 as the Vice President and MD, UK & Ireland where she set up a dedicated brand team. She was subsequently elevated to oversee all of the EMEA region for the brand in 2019. 

Jo said that, after enjoying some time off, she wants to take on non-executive directorships of smaller companies, as well as taking on coaching and mentoring young people in the travel industry.

She said she will also continue her ‘passionate commitment’ to diversity and inclusion efforts, in particular advocating for both women and the LGBT+ community, and lending her expertise to other causes.  

During her career with the Royal Caribbean Group, she launched numerous ships, from Legend of the Seas – the first-ever UK-based Royal Caribbean ship, to the recent debut of Celebrity Beyond in Southampton in April.

Jo has served on the CLIA UK & Ireland Board for many years, including as Board Chair from 2011-2013. Among many awards she received throughout her career, she was named one of the world’s best LGBT+ executive role models by Yahoo! Finance. 

In sharing the news, Jo said, “I have loved every minute of my 18 years with the Royal Caribbean Group. I have had the honour to lead an incredible team whose passion and commitment to the business is unwavering. I know this team will continue to go from strength to strength, as Celebrity Cruises grows in the region.  I remain 100% committed to the business as I work through the transition plans with the team. The time is simply now right for me to hand over.”

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