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Puget Sound Economic Summit

State of Aviation and Cruise


Stein Kruse

CEO, Holland America Group & Carnival UK

Stein Kruse is Group Chief Executive Officer of Holland America Group & Carnival UK, divisions of Carnival Corporation & plc. Holland America Group includes Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn, as well as Holland America-Princess Alaska land operations. Kruse also is chairman of the board of MANCO, a U.K.-based entity that oversees the operations of Carnival Australia, including P&O Cruises Australia. Carnival UK encompasses the UK-based brands of Cunard Lines & P&O Cruises.

Holland America Group and Carnival UK operate 40 (plus 11) cruise ships, with more than 36,000 employees worldwide delivering 25 million passenger cruise days annually.

Ben Minicucci

President, Alaska Airlines

Mr. Minicucci has been president of Alaska Airlines since May 2016. He served as chief operating officer from December 2008 until November 2019. Mr. Minicucci also served as chief executive officer of Virgin America Inc. from December 2016 to July 2018. Prior to this, he held various executive positions at Alaska, including executive vice president of operations, vice president of Seattle operations, and staff vice president of maintenance and engineering. Before joining Alaska, Mr. Minicucci had a variety of roles at Air Canada and served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 14 years prior to joining the private aviation sector. Mr. Minicucci served on the board of PG&E Corporation (an energy-based holding company) from July 2018 to April 2019.

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