Lisa Lutoff-Perlo was the first woman to be a part of Celebrity Cruises’ C-Suite, and the company’s CEO says she’s found a way to pay forward her accomplishments.
“The first thing I did was hire the first American woman to ever be the captain of a cruise ship,” she said. “I also then hired the second woman captain, the first Ecuadorian woman ever to be the captain of a ship. And then I appointed and worked with the International Maritime Organization to recognize the University of Ghana, so that we now have the first African woman to ever work on a bridge of a cruise ship.”
Lutoff-Perlo, who was appointed president and CEO of the Celebrity in 2014, has managed to create greater balance in the male-dominated industry. In the last eighteen months, she’s raised the male-to-female ratio on the bridge -- the area of a cruise ship where captain and crew can get a view forward -- from 3 percent to 21 percent.
And despite making “tremendous amount of progress” in creating opportunities for women, she promises Cheddar, “We’re not done.”
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