Carnival Corp. Names Ethics and Compliance Team

Carnival Corporation has announced seven new hires and internal promotions as part of the development of its new company-wide ethics and compliance function, first announced in August and led by Peter Anderson, chief ethics and compliance officer.

The additions include three new corporate compliance leaders reporting directly to Anderson, who, Carnival said, is building an extensive ethics and compliance program to drive a culture of compliance, learning and integrity inside the corporation and across its nine global cruise line brands. More specifically, the goal is to meet or exceed all legal and statutory requirements and promote the highest ethical principles.

“This new team underscores our commitment to ethics, compliance, the environment and health, safety and security,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “We are in the process of developing a world-class, enduring culture of compliance among every one of our 150,000 employees. Compliance and ethics is at the heart of everything we do. The leadership, experience and passion of this very talented and determined team will play an instrumental role in our mission.”

Kelly Clark has been named senior vice president, deputy chief ethics and compliance officer. Clark has served with the Holland America Group as vice president, counsel, advisor to the CEO and chief ethics officer.

Chris Donald has been named senior vice president, environmental corporate compliance manager, overseeing and implementing all legal obligations in Carnival Corporation’s environmental compliance plan (ECP) as well as working with the independent parties conducting oversight and analysis of this plan.

In addition to leading the environmental efforts within the brands, Donald is responsible for driving improvements in waste management, technology and design (including food waste); establishing, monitoring and assessing key performance indicators for environmental compliance; overseeing the environmental officers who provide onboard environmental compliance oversight on all of the company’s ships; and driving and evolving the company’s operation Oceans Alive program designed to foster a culture of compliance, learning and ocean stewardship.

Since joining Carnival Corporation in 2007, Donald has held a number of key positions, including corporate senior director, safety and occupational safety, and led the company’s engine room fire risk mitigation program.

Gary Ellis has been named vice president, health, safety and security corporate compliance manager, responsible for ensuring the regulatory compliance and effectiveness of the company’s global HSS programs, as well as to monitor the maritime policy and analysis department to maintain compliance with applicable HSS-related policies and procedures.

Ellis has more than 40 years of industry experience, including more than 20 years with Carnival Corporation. He has served at sea for 18 years in a range of positions from deck cadet to captain on a variety of ships, including tankers, container ships, ferries, private yachts and cruise ships, in addition to shoreside management positions, including maritime investigations director, marine operations manager, port operations manager, director of port development, director of compliance, director of shipbuilding and design, director of safety policy; and vice president, marine and technical operations.

Martha de Zayas, has been named vice president, general corporate compliance manager, overseeing codes of conduct, anti-corruption, anti-trust and anti-retaliation; conflicts of interest, third-party due diligence screening and economic sanctions/office of foreign asset control screening; North America data privacy and records retention; Americans with Disabilities Act shoreside and shipboard programs; and the corporate compliance reporting hotline program.

De Zayas joined Carnival Corporation in 1995 as associate general counsel, managing commercial and employee-related litigation. Since March 2018, she has served as vice president of ethics and compliance.

Sandra Rowlett has been named vice president, incident analysis group Investigations leader. She is responsible for all efforts to investigate certain Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) issues – including near misses – independently of the brands. She also manages the recently expanded team of nine investigators, and assists in improving the investigative functions throughout the entire organization.

For 28 years, Rowlett held various positions within the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), including air traffic control investigator and senior executive with oversight of aviation, railroad, pipeline and hazardous materials investigations. Before joining the NTSB, Rowlett was an air traffic controller for Los Angeles International Airport and the United States Air Force. She reports to Ellis.

H Jordan Weitz has been named senior director, compliance risk management leader. He is responsible for developing a more proactive and strategic focus to the company’s compliance programs grounded in data analytics, metrics and compliance risk assessments. Weitz has more than 20 years of experience, including 17 years in the cruise industry, covering all aspects of risk management including processes, risks, controls, audits, investigations, digital forensics and proactive analytics

Brigett Potts has been named director, compliance training leader, responsible for reviewing and summarizing all current compliance training relating to the areas within the ethics and compliance function and program to: develop a corporate compliance training strategy and plan; measure training effectiveness; introduce new and innovative compliance training tools; and implement basic ethics and compliance training for all employees.

Potts joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2017 as the environmental regulatory and operating line training manager (OLTM).

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