Frank J. Del Rio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., comprised of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.Del Rio was previously chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new “upper premium” segment of the cruise industry. Under his leadership the line has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with 5 ships totaling 4600 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera.
With Del Rio at the helm, Oceania Cruises quickly became widely recognized for offering the finest cuisine at sea, outstanding personalized service and award-winning itineraries all at an extraordinary value. Under Del Rio’s direction, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2008 from the Carlson Company and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader.
Del Rio earned his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren and live in Coral Gables, Florida.
Jason M. Montague, President and Chief Operating Officer, Oceania Cruises
Jason Montague is president and chief operating officer for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. He was appointed to this position in December 2014. In this role, Montague is responsible for ensuring all aspects of the successful operation of Oceania Cruises.
Most recently, Montague served as Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Prior to the acquisition of Prestige, he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc. During his twelve year tenure, he helped launch Oceania Cruises in 2002 and has seen the company through the purchase of its initial three R-class vessels, the equity investment by Apollo Management, the acquisition and integration of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the financing and delivery of Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera new builds and the recent acquisition by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Prior to joining Oceania Cruises, Montague operated a successful consulting practice focused on strategic planning and development of small to medium-sized companies. Previously, he held the position of Vice President Finance for Alton Entertainment Corporation, a brand equity marketer who was majority owned by the Interpublic Group of Companies.
Montague holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Miami.
Robert J. Binder, President, International Operations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Robert J. Binder has served as President of International Operations since February 2015. Prior to the Acquisition of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Binder served as the Vice Chairman of Prestige since May 2011 and President of Prestige since January 2008 where he oversaw the global expansion of the Prestige brands and was responsible for sales, marketing and branding efforts internationally.
Binder played a key role in the development and design of new Oceania ships, new restaurant concepts and the introduction of the Bon Appetit Culinary Center. He is co-founder of Oceania and previously served as President of Oceania.
Before launching Oceania, Binder was the President of Meadowoods Consulting, which provided consulting services to the financial and travel services industries. From 1992 to 2001 he held several executive posts in the cruise industry. Binder also held senior management positions at JP Morgan Chase, where he was a Strategic Planning Officer, and at Renaissance Cruises, where he was Vice President of Sales.
Binder earned master’s degrees in both Finance and Marketing from Cornell University and did his undergraduate studies at Purdue University.
Wendy Beck, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
Wendy Beck joined the company in September 2010 bringing a high level of knowledge and expertise to Norwegian as a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience. As chief financial officer and executive vice president, Beck is responsible for all aspects of the company's financial disciplines including finance, treasury, accounting, corporate and capital planning, legal, internal audit, purchasing and investor relations. Prior to joining Norwegian, Beck served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Domino's Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) a company with more than 9,000 franchised and company-owned stores in more than 60 countries. Prior to Domino’s Pizza, Beck served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Whataburger Restaurants, LP from May 2004 through April 2008 and served as their vice president and chief accounting officer from August 2001 through April 2004. From 1993 to 2001 she served in various roles, culminating in CFO and Treasurer at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants (NASDAQ: CHKR) (which includes Rally's Hamburgers), a fast food chain with more than 800 units in 28 states. Her experience in finance - particularly tax - also includes six years at Lincare Holdings (NASDAQ: LNCR) from 1987 to 1993, a national home health care company.
She serves on the Board of Directors for At Home, the home décor superstore, and is also chair of the Audit Committee. Beck previously served as a director and Audit Committee member of Spartan Stores Inc (NASDAQ: SPTN). She also served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Food Service Forum, the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.
Beck received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida. She has been a certified public accountant in the state of Florida since 1992.
Nikki F. Upshaw, Senior Vice President, Sales - Oceania Cruises
Upshaw leads the North America sales department, including the internal and external sales teams as well the Oceania Cruises’ national and key account departments. She’s responsible for creating business development strategies, sourcing and implementing partnership opportunities, and leveraging travel agencies relationships to enhance Oceania Cruises’ favored status within the retail channel. Additionally, Upshaw oversees the upper premium line’s onboard sales initiatives and event planning team. She is a travel industry veteran with 26 years of sales and marketing experience working with several upscale brands and travel purveyors. Prior to joining Oceania Cruises, Upshaw was Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing for The World, the largest privately owned residential yacht on earth. Upshaw has a degree in Marketing from the University of Miami.