05 Dec 2017
Global Ports Holding plc (GPH), the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Murphy as ‘Regional Coordinator, Americas’. Based in South Florida, Colin will work to deliver GPH’s strategy of acquiring cruise ports in the region as the company seeks to expand its existing footprint of 14 ports in eight countries.
Colin brings a wealth of cruise industry experience to his new role. He worked for[19 years at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH). Most recently, he held the role of Senior Vice President, Destination and Strategic Development, during which time he oversaw projects including the development of the award-winning Harvest Caye in Belize and the Bell Street terminal expansion in Seattle. In this role, Colin was also charged with negotiating and managing all of NCLH’s major port agreements, as well as relevant political relationships that impacted the ports’ operations.
Colin’s earlier career in the travel industry entailed working at several major US tour operators, including Collette Vacations, and as an SVP in Product Development role at Vantage Deluxe World Travel in Boston. Further relevant experience includes roles as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Operations Committee at the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and as a member of CLIA’s Global Ports Committee.
Emre Sayın, CEO of Global Ports Holding said: "I am delighted that Colin is joining GPH. His experience and expertise are a perfect fit for our ambitious expansion strategy in the Americas, as set out at IPO. As we look to collaborate with local and national governments in the region regarding possible cruise port acquisitions and development, Colin is perfectly placed to assist in negotiations on the ground.”
Colin Murphy commented: “Global Ports Holding is an exciting, dynamic and ambitious company. As the world’s largest independent cruise port operator, it is in a unique position to develop and bring industry best practice to cruise ports in this popular part of the world and beyond. Following their IPO earlier this year, this role is an exciting opportunity to help the company deliver on its strategy and establish a foothold in this market.”