September 1, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Company News
It’s a real pleasure to formally introduce you to our new President and Managing Director. I have had the pleasure of knowing Peter Shanks for quite a while, but thought it was time you got to know a little bit more about the man at the helm of Cunard. I met up with Peter last week on Queen Victoria, and we spent some time together chatting about him, his life and his passion for his new position, which you’ll see in the video clip below.
As readers of this Blog will know Peter Shanks took up his new role at the start of August. He is already very well known by the staff on board as a leading advocate of “We are Cunard”.
Peter lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two teenage daughters. He has a wide range of interests; many relating to sport. Having played a lot of Rugby on the past, Peter now plays Field Hockey in the London Veteran’s league. His position is goalkeeper and he told me this involves plenty of protective padding as he is the last line of defence. I found out that we both had skiing as a hobby so it was fun to spend some time comparing the quality of various resorts. Another passion for Peter is walking the dog, preferably along the river to the pub and the mountain bike is often brought in to action for some regular exercise.
Having always worked in the travel industry, one aspect of the business that has always been close to Peter’s heart is the people. He told me; “I believe that people are at the start and the heart of every business, no matter how big or small”, he added “At Cunard this is brought to life through White Star Service and the people we have working with Cunard are very special indeed. “
As you will hear in the interview, Peter joined Cunard Line in 2002 as Senior Vice President for Europe and was responsible for all the launch activities of Queen Mary 2 and the spectacular events that took place at the time. Peter went on to become Chief Commercial Officer for Carnival UK, the parent company for P&O Cruises, Cunard Line, Princess Cruises UK and Ocean Village.
Over the last year Peter has focused on moving the Cunard Head Office back from the United States to the new home of Southampton. With the introduction of Queen Elizabeth, Peter is determined to grow Cunard’s presence in all international markets, look after our most valued past guests and to introduce many new guests to the Cunard experience.
I’d like to thank Peter for finding time in his busy schedule for the interview, and I look forward to welcoming him as a regular contributor to the Blog in the future. I am returning to Queen Victoria on Wednesday the 2nd September, so look forward to meeting some of you then. In the meantime I will be back as usual on Thursday with the long promised guest Blog from Maureen Ryan which I know you’ll love. Cheers Alastair