At Cruise Operator Carnival, an Unlikely CEO Takes the Helm

With no prior cruise experience, Arnold Donald is sailing upstream
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Arnold Donald had been on the board of Carnival for 12 years when he got a call in June from the cruise company’s lead director, Stuart Subotnick. It was an offer to succeed Micky Arison as Carnival’s chief executive officer, and Donald was incredulous. “OK, what’s the call really about?” he asked.

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